My trip to Italy was great. My sister and I went to Florence to visit her son who is a student and spending this semester there. We were undeterred by the volcano because we flew direct to Rome from Philadelphia taking a more southern route. We spent one night in Rome then took a train to Florence for the week. The countryside of Italy is beautiful. The wisteria and azaleas were in bloom and everything was green. Here are some pictures:
Overlooking some of the ancient ruins in Rome.
A hilltop view of Florence. We did a lot of climbing, hills and the 463 steps to the top of the Duomo.
Wine tasting in Greve-Chianti. I shipped David 6 bottles of wine. I am not much of a red wine drinker but did like some of the ones I tasted. The whole wine tasting was automated, you purchased a card that you put into the carousel and pushed the button to taste a wine.
A vineyard. There were acres and acres of these perfectly straight rows of grape vines. I am sure it is more beautiful later in the season.
The art, of course, was great to see. The statue of David by Michelangelo was much bigger than I thought it would be. As my sister remarked, we saw a lot of male anatomy during our visit!
New updates on the website, including a new homepage. I am now stocking one of The Alpaca Yarn Company’s new yarns, Astral. It is a 50% Tensel, 30% Alpaca and 20% Wool blend. The Firefly Shawl seen in Interweave Knits is knit from this yarn. It is soft and has a great drape. The colors are fabulous.
It will be up on the website this week.
I also want to announce I will be a vendor at the upcoming Knit and Crochet Show in Manchester, New Hampshire on July 8-10.
I put up new colors of Virginia tonight. This is a 100% Alpaca sport weight. The skein size has been increased from 240 yards to 375 yards to make it more appropriate to buy one or two skeins for a project. 100% Alpaca yarn is too warm for a large sweater but makes great fingerless mitts, mittens, hats and neck warmers (scarves, cowls). There are still some 240 yard skeins available and I will occasionally dye it in the smaller skeins.
Here are a few pictures:
My sister and I are going to Italy to visit her son who is studying in Florence this semester. We leave on April 16th. We are going to spend the first night in Rome and take the train to Florence. I am very excited, a little nervous about such a long plane trip, but I am sure it will be worth it.
There is more conflict at work, but that is for another time………
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.” Eleanor Roosevelt