For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What’s the best thing you’ve ever brought home from your travels?” Click on the pictures for their answers and links to their websites.


Annie Modesitt

A few years ago I had the luxury of teaching in Southern France, on a French Girl Knits Tour about an hour outside of Montpellior. Our location was wonderful—an old vineyard transformed into an Inn—and, as with any older building, there was a fair share of unexpected visitors.

One morning I awoke to a scorpion crawling down my wall, I captured it and doused it with some expensive astringent I’d just purchased (a very French way to go, I thought...) and once it was completely dead I stored it in a bead container and brought it home for my 10 year old son. We have since turned it into a Lucite paperweight, the coolest souvenir EVAH!