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Love Your Blog: Ugly

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Let me say it, I LOVE this week prompt for the LOVE YOUR BLOG challenge series, even if it might sound.... UGLY.

There are a lot of Ugly things to love and share this time.

Have you ever heard about Kim Werker’s book "Make it Mighty Ugly”?

Photo and text content taken from Kim Werker's website

Photo and text content taken from Kim Werker's website

Tara Swiger nominated this as her 11 best book of 2014 and I completely agree.

When I discovered Spoonflower for the first time I was really excited about the fact I could design my own fabric for my projects and sewing something that was 100%me. But i didn’t already know that I was fighting with my demons. I always thought of not being able to draw, so I try to suppress the urge to do it.

Nevertheless every time I entered a stationery store, remained hours watching and turn in my hands pencils, brushes, paints, sketchbooks. Until one day I took courage. I bought a box of beautiful colored pencils, a pencil and a sketchbook. And I've realized that no matter how much we think we are good at something, the important thing is to believe in it, to want to do it, to explore this thing, get closer and and begin to make it.

Sometimes I think that making so many things might seem ugly to whom read my blog.

I'm asking the questions that I think might be my readers:

  • It will be so good one that makes all these things?
  • She does with passion or try in all fields?

Without thinking that behind all these things I have had years of experience, years of sewing, knitting, and so a lot of PASSION for the handmade and creativity.

And yes, I want to draw and sketch also, and even if it mighty Ugly, I will make it again and again.

And if I enjoy texture designing, I will do it, just for me and maybe just for a few of them who will love my fabric, and might enter the latest drawing in a contest and try to hit the 10 finalists! (Vote! if you would love to help me rich this goal ;))

Till next time, xoxo and make it happily!

:) Giusy

Love Your Blog: Beginnings

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Are social media substituting blogs and chat? probably they are, but there are always nostalgic people as I am that keep going on writing their blogs, less frequently then a few years ago, but they are keep writing.
So, Instagram is much more immediate when the urge of sharing a few snaps of your creative daily is calling and i have to admit that the instant pleasure of a bunch of love and response makes feel good, but it is frustrating when you want to share something more, and why and what about you make what. And when I stumble upon one of my favorite blogs, and read about Kate's "Love your Blog” challenge, a big capital letter YES appeared into my mind.

A Playful Day


I am blogging from 1996, yes it is about 20 years I am in the WebWordWorld, I’ve got different nicknames on those past years but always wrote about my creativity process and always with the intent of sharing my love for arts and creativity with the wonderful world wide Community.

So here I am ready to inspire and get inspired by this very nice Challenge. This week prompt is


And I have 2 of them to share this week.

First: I recently found myself contemplating and would love to improve my handwriting, and a though of a letter writing club and swap comes to my mind.

Here is the pic I share about this project at my instagram feed

Would you love to get in? I would be so happy if you do! just drop me an e-mail and let me know which option do you like to partecipate in (Opt 1 Light letter+sketch or a drawing made by you, or Opt 2 Heavy - package with letter, handmade item and a treat for the recipient) and I will add you on the group swap mailing list and by the first week of the next month or after we get 20 partecipant you will get the name of the secret sister you will send the letter/package.

Second: this year I would love to make me a favor. I stopped buying ready wear garment from 2 year now, except for some underwear and very lovely ethical made dresses, I ended up with the desire that I want to make my own garment from now on, and my intention for this year is to design or sketch what I am making or I want to. So for each garment I will make, there will be an illustration or a sketch of the garment, as I have done this past week on my first dress of this season. My sewing mojo is still live! (I will blog about the dress very soon)

hand drawing and handwriting by me after finished the dress #1 pattern by Sonya Philip of 100 act of Sewing

hand drawing and handwriting by me after finished the dress #1 pattern by Sonya Philip of 100 act of Sewing

thanks Kate for building this wonderful blog challenge! and if you would love to be inspired by other bloggers about this week prompt, here are all the partecipant.

100% Me

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And so another week goes by. I was busy watching some Downton Abbey's episode, I'm in love with that series, (I am watching the second series at the moment, I bought all the DVD's to the 3° season recently and can't wait to put my hands on the 4 and 5 seasons too).

On monday as many of other knitters I've received the second clue of Ysolda's Follow Your Arrow 2 kal, and started knitting the 2B. I am really pleased about the result so far and I am convinced that Ysolda is a genius.

as I am a bit slow in working on it, I am proud I was able to finish it in time and ready for the next one, since the number of stitches are gradually growing, I dunno if the next week I will be able to finish it within the next weekend.

On Tuesday I was gifted by friend of mine of a big bag of yarn! Her mother give up knitting (I can't imagine I could ever stop to knit) and I was happy to help her to destash. I gave an half of my bargain to my mom that has already started a pullover for my son. I will take some pictures very soon.

and there are some vintage skeins too!!

At least, it was since last year I would working to my website, get a better logo that represents me, a better look etc. The latest I put down wasn't 100% me as I would like to. So on Wednesday I worked hard till 1.00 am to get this:

It was nice, but after a toughtful day, I ended with the consideration that it was too much! So I redesigned it by hand, trying to clean out some lines and give it a better Meme look. and tadah! this is it! It represent me better and I love it!

On my next week I want to put my efforts in trying to find a new blog reader. I am using Bloglovin' at the time, but lately I am not happy with it, and I am testing some as Feedly...but uhm... I dunno if I like it yet.

what's your favorite one? Would you like to share your experience with it? I will be pleased to get your responce!

That's all folks! Have a nice week!

xoxo, Giusy

PS: Vuoi leggere questo post in Italiano? Segui il blog in versione Ita!


Pairing, sorting, inventorying (part one)

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I wish you've got a Merry Christmas with your dear Family or Friends, my one was one of the most special in years.

I haven't got the same pressure of years ahead and I enjoyed every moment from the beginning of December, singing Xmas song with my son, lighting scented candles, decorating the home and enjoying the Christmas lunch at my parents house in peace and love, doing some lazy knit finishing to a cardigan I can't wait to wear 'cause is so special to me.


The day after Christmas is in general the one dedicated to reorder the house and take life the easiest way possible, the Christmas spirit is still around and here in Italy we pack it off only after January 6th.
So today i came up with the idea of make an inventory of all the knitting needle I own.
It is an embarrassing number of needle (I count more than 60 pair), and now i know how many 3.5mm pair, in which  material and how long they are.

So today i sort them for brand and kind, put them into fabric needle case, some are made by me, some are bought from indie designer, register them in a file and I put all my needle cases and sets in a storage box. I made a list also for crochet hooks. And don't forget to list the needles that are occupied in projects bag at the moment so you know where to look for the needle you need at the first time without needs to diving into your needle stash to find them out.  
I love my Mac but, I am a forty-one girl that still love paper and pens so my records are filed into my purple A5 Filofax that's the same one where I take knitting notes for my designs.

To give you some numbers:

- i own needles from six different brand;
- i own them in each format available: long, dpn, circular,  interchangeable
- i own needles made from 4 different materials
- i own a knitting belt handcrafted in Shetland
- i own needles from 2mm to 10mm with some repeated numbers.

Since i have a lot of ongoing project it's good to have a needle stash, but if you are at the begins please let me advise you on buying consciously. As a starter kit is good to have a knitting set. If you can, try the needle before buying the whole set, maybe you can arrange to try them for swatching at a LYS, or borrow them from your knitting friends, so you can see if you like them before buying the whole thing. When I restart knitting I buy some set that today I don't use and like very much, I was drawn from compulsive buying, just because they was the best on the market at the moment, but today... I can say they was not.  
As what I teach at Fattoperfetto, the best advise for knowing your tools is try before buy them, for example now I know i prefer 5" long sharp point metal needle,  for my knitting, except for sleeves and sock, and I like two or maximum three brand.

I also reserved a box for knitting tools as needle stoppers, scissors, gauge and needle size guide, darning needles, markers, blocking wire and blocking pins, etc.

This is just the pairing, sorting, inventorying part one, next days will be the time of skeins and wool stash... Giant!

What's your best advise for storing knitting needles?
Do you know how many needles you own? How do you sort them?