About Bonnie McClellan

Hello. I am a poet and translator born in Texas and residing in Northern Italy near Lago Maggiore. I want to use my knowledge of language and culture to make all of the wonderful specificity that I find in Italy and Italian life, the hidden jewels and wonderful opportunities for cultural adventures, available to an English-speaking public. I love to read. I don’t own a television. I am interested in history and the capillary effects of events and communication…and, I’m truly passionate about wool and wool-working.

Welcome to Wool In Italy!

me and my family


6 thoughts on “About Bonnie McClellan

  1. Hi – how are you? I just found your blog in my attempt to find a list of Italian terms for the various weights of yarn — do you happen to know of a site that has this info in a complete list? thanks so much for your time!
    (knitting is Swarthmore, PA – and, as of September, in Rome).

    • Ciao Emma, Italians don’t use the same system so there is no direct translation of which I am aware. Often they refer to the metric number (Nm – for ‘numero metrico’). As far as I can understand, that’s how many meters of yarn in 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs), though yarn is most often sold in 100 gram or 50 gram units, so a yarn with a Nm of 2300 indicates a skein weighing 100 gr. will have about 230 m (in the range of a ‘sport’ weight).
      So, If you’re looking for a translation for ‘lace weight’ or ‘fingering’ or ‘worsted’ you’ll be better off using the english terms or noting the weight/length ratio of the yarns with which you like to knit.
      A good general glossary of knitting/yarn terms can be found here: http://www.garnstudio.com/glossary.php?langf=en&langt=it
      And the Drops brand sizing system, which gives meters per 50 grams for various weights as well as general knitted gauge is here:
      Hope this info is helpful! Have a great time knitting in Rome this coming September!

  2. Bonnie, I write to you from Vancouver, Canada. My husband gave his pair of warm fingerless gloves to our son recently when he left for university in Montreal. (Much colder than Vancouver).

    I would like to replace them for Christmas and in my search I found your site!

    Would you consider knitting a pair exactly like the pair that you made for your husband? They look wonderful and clearly are very sturdy!!

    Please let me know.

    Thank you.


    • Hi Jillian, I’m really not a production knitter. I made some of these gloves for a close friend and her kids but they can vouch for how slow I am! (Although they did come out quite nice). I’ve made 3 pairs of fingerless gloves for my husband, two of them the ‘workman’s’ gloves for which I made up the pattern. If you want something in time for Christmas I’d suggest you find a local knitter through a Vancouver yarn shop – Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store (2667 Hastings St E) has great reviews as does Urban Yarns (4437 W 10th Ave.) – Any experienced knitter will be able to find a similar pattern on Ravelry and you’d be able to select the yarn colour/texture in person. If you want to look on the Internet you can find hand knitters through Etsy (https://www.etsy.com/ca/search/handmade?q=knit+gloves&locationQuery=Canada). I hope that this information helps you to find the perfect gift for your husband and thanks for taking a look at my blog!

  3. Dear Bonnie, Thank you for your wonderfully helpful reply! I very much appreciate you taking the time to provide detailed information on just where I can have a pair of gloves made locally. Very kind of you.

    Thank you again!!


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