I have to admit that, yes, it IS fun to travel to Florence,
Italy twice a year to look for new yarns. How could it not be fun? The
food is incredible, we get to visit with many old friends, and we are looking
at yarn - all among my very favorite things!
tour: We always arrive in Florence on Sunday,
a bit tired and punchy, having left about ten hours earlier on Saturday
evening. After a brief nap, the work begins. This year we hit a few tourist
musts, window shopped, and cruised a chocolate festival, all before our
first night's sleep. The next day the yarn hunt begins in earnest with
visits to yarn mills. Take a photo
an intense seven days. The work starts at 8 AM and working dinners often end
around midnight. Having a daily routine makes us feel grounded and "at home",
so most mornings we walk the same route from our hotel to the Pitti Filati
exhibition. Three days in a row we were treated to this irresistible sight
- two white dogs enjoying their morning commute (at right).
The theme of the Pitti Filati exhibition was nature, reflecting
worldwide concerns about ecology and global warming. A special exhibition
highlighted natural fibers and many vendors showed naturally based products.
The visual sub theme was sea life. Walking into the show was like
walking into an undersea world. Blue lights washed over all and little
white lights simulated bubbles. An amazing array of giant sea life swam
around us as we made our way through the room. Here are a few photos to
help bring you under the spell. Remember, these fish are all knitted! I
took a 20 second movie while walking among the fishes. See it on the blog and
walk with me. The enormous knit jellyfish delighted me so much that I knit
a small one in Lumina™ to share with you. Take a look at sealife
photos from Pitti Filati.
For more armchair travels to Italy, see our previous Pitti Filati stories:
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It's great to be home now, in New Hampshire, knitting with yarns found at previous Pitti Filati shows, reproducing Florentine cooking with locally grown ingredients and enjoying Spring.