Anne and I are in Wisconsin now, and we already bought some yarn this morning!
We're having a big birthday party for our mom and her twin on Saturday, so we printed out the KAS poster, and will set up a table and chairs with some crochet and knit squares started, and we're sure some of our relatives join the fun!

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Comment by Kalai McDonald on August 26, 2009 at 7:03pm
Most definitely will do! Be there with bells on although it could still be a few years away. . .
Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on August 26, 2009 at 8:12am
Kalai - your ramble hit the nail on the head on all counts!!!
My feeling is that just about every place on earth is beautiful and wonderful in its own way. Then, sometimes, mankind comes along and makes a mess of it... sigh...
Please do stop by for a cup of tea and a few crochet stitches when you come to Florence!
Comment by Kalai McDonald on August 25, 2009 at 6:06pm
I'm so glad to hear that your Mum's birthday was a success Mary, sounds like it went down a treat and well done for getting KAS involved! How much longer are you in the States for?

No jobs certainly sounds stressful. Aaaaaahhhhhh to be a millionaire without the financial worries, but then perhaps life wouldn't be so interesting? Hmmmm a conundrum. Have you ever been to Bangkok? I never understood what air pollution was until I went there. Wow you could actually wipe the smog off your skin, disgusting! Cress has been to Florence and she also said that the people weren't particularly friendly but that Rome was the worst. Still there are definitely pro's and con's to every country in the world hey? We are running out of water fast and will soon be living in a desert here in Melbourne.

Anyway, sorry to ramble! I'd love to come and check out the shopping in Florence. I have quite a severe addiction to shopping! When I arrive I shall pop over for a cup of tea and a crocheting lesson, if ya don't mind?!?
Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on August 24, 2009 at 2:24am
First of all I want to tell you all that we had my mom's party yesterday, on the lawn of her house, and the knitting/crocheting for KAS was a big success! Not that lots of squares were made, but there were some teenage girls who didn't know each other, and being able to sit and work on a square made them feel comfortable and led to chatting. I gave an 8 year old her first crochet lesson! and some mature ladies spent the whole afternoon knitting away between sandwiches and birthday cakes!

About living in Florence, it is a challenge if you need to make a living there. There are practically no jobs available. So, if you have no money worries, that would help. Also (compared to Wisconsin) the traffic is crazy, and the air pollution is terrible. And the people are not so friendly. Shopping in Florence is lots of fun though - especially for yarn! :o)
Comment by Anne Powell on August 23, 2009 at 11:36pm
Oops - forgot something.. just tried to email you from the "friend" thing... send button is not working this morning - my message was that the "Pooh Crew" is assembling in the new group "Pooh Corner".... we're waiting for you there!!
Comment by Anne Powell on August 23, 2009 at 11:33pm
Mary - I have been envying you all this time for living in Florence! I have visited twice and absolutely fell in love with that city.... my fantasy has always been to live there... but maybe when you are there full-time it's more of a challenge?? Still have fond memories of the markets in the afternoon...... buying kid gloves, sweaters. On my second trip I smuggled home a fabulous leather coat... bought it at Peruzzi.. a little shop close to the church where Michaelangelo is buried.. can't remember the name... is it San Croce??? Wish I could get back for another shopping spree.
Comment by Kalai McDonald on August 21, 2009 at 4:04pm
Mary what is it that you find difficult about Florence? Is it a language barrier thing or culture? Interesting to know these things. I'm sure your Italian would be perfect by now any way. Would you ever move back to Wisconsin?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your Mum and Auntie Mary. Have a fabulous weekend!
Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on August 21, 2009 at 11:59am
I grew up in California (Berkeley) but my parents were from Wisconsin, and now my mother has moved back to her family home.
Florence is nice to visit, but a tough place to live. I've been living there 26 years, and, well, sometimes Wisconsin looks pretty good to me!
Comment by Diane Kubiak on August 21, 2009 at 6:04am
Mary, I find that fascinating too........are you from Wisconsin, and if so, how did you get so lucky to be living in Italy. I'm from Chicago, and then Sterling, Il...and did a lot of studying we're in the beautiful southwest ! diane
Comment by Mary Kristel Lokken on August 20, 2009 at 12:08am
We're in McFarland, 10 minutes from Madison!


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