Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Good Day

While at the studio today, the next door neighbour brought in fresh eggs her hens laid this morning! How amazing is that! I took 4.

We had a special lunch at mid-day to welcome 3 felt artists from Padova that dropped off their work for Verona Tessile. Pietrina Atzori, Sheila Rocchegiani, Sabrina Bottura.

home made torte salate, focaccia and small pizzas
Aperol Spritz for everyone

Every day is a good day!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekend Retreat

I attended a knitting retreat (or Knitting Camp as they call it in Italy)

Relais Villa Pomelo
Novi Ligure
What a beautiful hotel.

One of the hallways at the 4-star hotel

The hosting group is called Cuore di Maglia and the members knit items for premature babies.

This is a bag I made a few weeks ago for storing my yarn.
My friend gave me a heart to add to it because the
main part of the logo for Cuore di Maglia is a heart.

We spent the weekend eating well (of course! we are in Italy)...

...and knitting and staying up till 3 in the morning like at a sleep-over party.

A hat I knit to be added to a care package
for the premature babies
that weigh from 500 grams to 2500 grams

One of the speakers at the event was a paediatrician from one of the hospitals.

Items our Verona group made.

She talked about their facility and the families we help.

photographed from the publicity of Cuore di Maglia

Why am I part of the group? Because I want to show the parents there is someone thinking of them. The babies are well taken care of but who is there for that mom or dad.  I want to show some support, let them know someone is thinking of them and sending 'good vibes' their way. I am so glad I can do a little something. The hospital staff says the care packages of hand knitted sweaters, hats, blankets and booties are really appreciated by the families. It feels good to know that.

photographed from the publicity of Cuore di Maglia

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Patchwork in a Patchwork

Talk about patchwork! There is an entire quilt top in this patchwork! Maybe more than one!

Dover Street Market Ginza, Tokyo
photo credit :Sophia Reford
Verona Tessile (May 19-24) will have quilts made by Japanese artists and quilters. Keiko Goke will be giving a workshop. Mid-week the Italian, the Japanese and the Canadian quilters will have a special dinner together and a fabric exchange!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


Garden at the Tofukuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan
photo credit Sophia Reford

Friday, April 10, 2015


San Zeno Basilica
Verona, Italy

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Beautiful Colours

I bought a case of Sicilian oranges from 3 guys and a truck parked outside on the piazza!

I make freshly squeezed orange juice every morning. So good!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Verona Walls

Rocks, stones and wonderful patterns. Be inspired.