I found a knitting shop, and through some luck the person there spoke English. She didn’t have the circular needle I was looking for but I did pick up some Mondial magazines. I’ve seen Italian knitting magazines before and was familiar with the crazy stuff contained therein. I passed on the current issue, for Summer, as I don’t need patterns for hand knit bikinis and so on. I picked up one from October 2006 which seemed to have a few things of interest to someone who is in need of scarves and hats most of the year. It also contained this gem:
Semi-sheer panels with cable accent only vaguely pretending to hide the model’s lack of a bra. In angora. Huh?
Why, oh Why could I not have found the October issue with this far more reasonable lace jacket:
There was a basket of old (like 1994 old) issues for cheap, but this and the summer issue were the current selection available.