Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Montebello Explained


In a rush to get everything ready for the Yarn Harlot's visit last week, I published my new Montebello Texture Cowl and posted about it here without much information. You may have noticed that when I first wrote about it, it was still just named 'Texture Cowl'. Today I want to tell you a little about the name/inspiration behind the cowl itself.

Montebello is the name of one of the three castles in Bellinzona, Switzerland. Bellinzona is in the Ticino canton of Switzerland. It is the southernmost canton in Switzerland and the only Swiss canton whose sole official language is Italian. When many people see my last name, they assume Joe's family is from Italy. Joe's grandpa is actually from the small town of Medeglia, Switzerland, just 'up the mountain' from Bellinzona.

A couple years ago, Joe and I had the pleasure of visiting his extended family in Switzerland. We stayed in the Ticino region, and explored it quite extensively. His family was very welcoming, we enjoyed the time we spent with them. We hope to return in the near future- and when we do return, we are sure to be greeted once again with polenta and fondue- what more could we ask for?

So, this cowl is named for our 'Swiss Family', thanks for welcoming us with open arms!


  1. Lovely post! I believe I've taken the train through Ticino but have never stopped; I'll have to visit someday.

  2. I really need to go to the yarn store. I'm out of bulky! How did this happen? Thanks for another lovely pattern!

  3. What a lovely and meaningful tale ... and what a lovely cowl.

  4. Oh so sweet! Of course I love the cowl, loved seeing the pix of you and Stephanie, on her blog as well, but being in another country....nothing like it. I used to live in Sweden and everybody asks where in Switzerland I've been..idiots! Beautiful post :)