Monday’s Progress Report

It’s been a busy time since I last reported in.

PURSES/BAGS:

I wanted to make a carry-on bag for a trip I took this month.  I decided to make Swoon’s Blanche in the large size.  It wasn’t too hard to do if you just take the directions a slow step at a time.  I love the bag, but it was too small for the amount of cameras and other “stuff” I like to have at my disposal.  I do plan to remake the short handles to make them a little beefier.

Swoon Blanch map end Swoon Blanch map strap Swoon Blanch map

The tweedy looking fabric is Essex Linen (love it!), along with a map fabric and a crocodile print.

KNITTING:  Also on my trip, I started knitting a scarf.  The pattern is Crazy Wool Stripe Scarf, a free pattern offered by the Twisted Loop yarn shop.

Scarf crazy stripes

No progress on my Cane Bay wrap.

TRAVEL:  Italy!!!  I was so fortunate to be able to go on a 10-day group tour in April (actually, I just got back *yawn*).  We landed in Milan and spent a short time there.  From there we went to Turin (or Torino, if you’re Italian), and then on to Alba.  This photo was taken in the the hills of the Langhe region, a rich agricultural area that is considered to be Italy’s garden.  In the distance are the Swiss Alps.

Langhe Alba countryside

And for a totally different flavor, I’ll jump ahead several days to Rome, where the Colliseum and the Arch of Constantine were within easy walking distance of our hotel.

Colliseum at night

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