Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fascinating cityscapes

I was perusing Etsy yesterday and I came across an artist who's artwork just blew me away. It was a coup de foudre.
Liz Brizzi, who according to her Etsy about page was born in France from Italian parents and grew up in L.A., is a mixed media artist who makes awe inspiring cityscapes using photography and acrylic paint on wood. She sells prints of her work on Etsy.

From her Etsy about page:

Inspired by urban themes, she loves to portray the beauty she captures in the raw, desolate and industrial aspects of cities and their outskirts. Her unique mixed media technique begins with the manipulation of her original photography collaged onto acrylic painted wood panels, finally blended within layers of colorful acrylic washes. She began this series of works with landscape paintings of the streets and alleys of Downtown L.A. A city that is currently changing and developing rapidly, her artwork captured its authenticity and some of the disappearing traces of its History.

Her work basically puts together so many things that I love and am drawn to: Los Angeles, architecture, urban lanscapes, the quest for beauty in hidden details or desolate places, moody atmospheres... I could go on and on.

What I would give to go back to L.A. right now and be able to see her work in person!

Take a look for yourself:

All the images are from her beautiful Etsy shop and you can follow her on Instagram here.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

F.O.: The gray heathered shawl wrap

It seems like my last F.O. was ages ago, but finally, here we are.
I love this yarn, it's an ecological wool from the company Manifatture Sesia, an amazing company from the lovely wool area that is northern Piedmont.
The yarn is 50% virgin wool and 50% alpaca, with black and white threads twisted together for an interesting gray heathered look. It's soft and looks slightly rustic.
The shawl, which I posted glimpses of on Instagram a few times, has rows of contrasting stitches, some of which lacy, so it is textured and has some hints of lace.
More info on my Etsy page!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Do what you know makes you happy

When we approach the end of the year and a new one rolls in I like to set goals for myself for the new year (even though the real goal-setting part of the year for me is in September, but it's Ok to have more than one moment in the year to sit down and make plans).
Many of my resolutions seem to be the same every year. I could either look at this and think I am a complete failure at accomplishing what I set my mind to, or have a more positive outlook and tell myself I am a work in progress and need to be reminded every once in a while about what I need to strive for.
But aside from these repeat-goals, this year I have introduced a new one, which is doing what I know makes me happy while overcoming mental laziness.
Let me explain... often I get so tired and stressed out during the year that all I feel like doing is mindlessly surf the internet and then going to sleep. I want to challenge myself to overcome that kind of laziness and do things that are more productive like reading books or weekly magazines, watching good movies or documentaries, staying informed on current events and so on. All these things take slightly more effort but I know from experience that they make me feel way more accomplished at the end of the day. Doing this keeps me more aware of what is going on in the world and in general makes me feel better because it keeps my mind active and my curiosity alive. This also applies to other areas of my life, for instance at work, putting more effort in what I do rather than just getting the task done, or in my free time, exploring new places, doing new things, challenging myself to be more aware of my surroundings etc.
While laziness is comfort I want to really challenge myself this year to overcome it and be more engaged in the world around me because I know from experience that it is worth the effort.
With this in mind, I wish everyone a happy new year, have fun tonight and see you in 2016!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Knitting for the wearer

I find that some knitwear designers mainly keep the knitter in mind when designing their projects, but tend to think less about the person who will actually wear the garment.
They use beautiful, complicated and challenging stitches, complex pattern designs and interesting construction elements so that the item will be entertaining and challenging for the knitter to create, but when you look at the final product, sometimes something is slightly off, maybe the fit isn't perfect, the combination of color and stitch type make it a little grandma-like, or simply the item doesn't look or feel like something you would choose to buy to add to you wardrobe.
And then, then there is Joji Locatelli.
Joji Locatelli, of Joji Knits, is a knitwear designer from Buenos Aires, Argentina who has the pretty much astounding ability to create designs that are absolutely beautiful both from a knitter's perspective and for who will wear them. The patterns are interesting, with clever design details and beautiful stitches and cables placed in strategic positions, and the finished items are classic yet modern, flattering and very chic.
Her new book "The authentic collection", recently came out, so if you are a knitter, or even just if you like looking at really good design in general, go take a look on her website or on Ravelry!

All images from.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Fall is here

I will soon have some new fall/winter products for the shop, they are almost finished and ready to be photographed. I am starting off with a few accessories this season, and I already have a few ideas for some sweaters that will be coming up expect updates soon!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Fall is for knitters

Fall is basically the perfect season for knitters.
It's when you switch from cotton to wool and you start dreaming up big ideas for sweaters and scarves and accessories in chunky yarn, or soft mohair, or luxurious alpaca... It's the season for inspiration and ideas that will be then carried out through winter, it's all about the potential now!
I for one, have started gathering inspiration from Kim Hargreave's new book Embrace, just take a look for yourself at the pure beauty of all this...

All images from

My first fall/winter project is coming along pretty quickly, and I am trying to be more monogamous with my knitting and not start fifty different projects at the same time. I decided to stick to not more than three at a time (which is not exactly monogamy, but closer to it). I have so many ideas right now so it's a bit challenging but I will try!