Thursday, July 9, 2009

In which I discover Mani di fata

Finally, I have my computer back. This past month has been one malfunction after another. Starting with the pipes leaking in my apartment (they had to be completely replaced) and ending with my computer dying on me.

So the past two weeks have been mostly about cleaning up after the workers, vacuuming the endless amounts of dust that seem to got everywhere and waiting for the computer repair guy to do his thing.
Now the water smells and tastes funny and the computer makes a funny noise when you turn it on, but I'm so past caring about that. I have returned to my crafts, and I'm on vacation. So what if it rains every single day? I have my needles ;)

I have recently discovered that the newsstands here carry Mani di fata, an Italian stitching magazine. Although most of the patterns are a little too classic for my taste, it does have some cute stuff. Like the cake and cupcake you see below.

These were both done on 11 count aida cloth (at least I think it's 11, I counted the little squares and got 11 per inch) with three strands of floss. Mostly Ljubica by Unitas.
I should have used 4 strands to get better coverage, I'll have to remember that for next time.
Someday, they will become potholders. Or something else that has some kind of use in the kitchen.

Meanwhile, I busy myself with knitting. I'm working on the Pintuck T-shirt and progress is slow. I just hope I'll finish it before the summer's over.


  1. Yes, I like Mani di Fata too but there are so few patterns. We occasionally get Susanna (but not on every newsstand), which is great and packed with patterns. Try to find it, I'm pretty sure that if we have it here, you must have it too.

  2. Ok, na presporoj sam vezi da bih se još petljala s engleskim, zato na domaćoj besedi: imaš i Susannu kao što ti je Misha rekla ili ako koji put skočiš do Trsta Ricamare i nekoliko izdanja za punto croce različitih izdavačkih kuća. Pored toga, jako mnogo malih uzoraka poput ovih tvojih (krasno napravljenih i čini mi se da su 3 niti čisto dovoljne i lijepo pokrivaju, križići nisu lijepi kad su previše izdignuti i reljefni, po mom mišljenju) možeš naći free na mreži. Za tu svrhu, učlani se ako već nisi na EMS forum, gdje ćeš pored njenih lijepih malih motiva, naći i najbolju arhivu linkova s uzorcima izlistanima po abecednom redu.

  3. PREDIVNO! Mogla bih pojesti taj komad!