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The Wollmeise Report

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Hi…Guess where I’m going?!

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The wall of “nobody is perfect” skeins.

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And here are the regular skeins. Knitting supplies at the back.

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One happy shopper!

So yeah, I got to visit the Wollmeise store on June 29th. The train ride from Münich took about 30 minutes to Pfaffenhofen, and then we had a 10 minute walk to the store. It was over 30 degrees outside, the hottest day of our trip, but even that didn’t lessen my enthusiasm.

The shop was organized very well, the colours amazing (of course), and everyone was super nice. On the way back, I also got to spend some extra time with two other Ravelers (check out manduh’s blog here and adriprints’ here).

And…Well, I guess you want to see the goods, right?

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Starting from above-left, I got Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in “Orient”, two Twin “nobody is perfect” skeins (ie, the colour does not match the colourway it was supposed to be), 100% Merino in “Saami”, another “nobody is perfect” skein and a huge 300g skein of Wollmeise lace (a nobody is perfect -version of The Auster colourway).

Yes, I’m now on a yarn diet. But it was worth it!

I also recently managed to finish the knitting that I had with me on the trip (I’m also working on it in that first photo). I took only one project, can you believe that?

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The yarn is also wollmeise, a NiP version of “Blue Suzanne”. I knew I wanted to knit wollmeise on my vacation, but agonized over which pattern to choose. Finally I settled on a sock pattern, “Helix Socks” from Brave New Knits.

I knit the rib and a few rounds before leaving. I did try the sock on at that point, and it seemed fine. Unfortunately, after that I mostly knit on it in public places -and didn’t try it on again until after finishing the heel. Didn’t fit. It wasn’t even close. At which point I was in Dresden, and really didn’t want to rip the whole thing. So I ripped the heel and made mittens. They are long, warm, and lovely 🙂

 

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Deutschland! (Part Two)

From Berlin we went to…Guess where?

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I’m going to a town that has already been burnt down

(Rufus Wainwright: “Going to a Town”)

Well actually Rufus is referring to Berlin in that song, but it does seem to describe Dresden as well.

We didn’t originally plan to go to Dresden because we both remembered from history lessons that the city was destroyed in WWII -we didn’t think of it as a very tourist-y place. My mother then of course told us that in fact, most of the historical centre of the city has been rebuilt. In many cases some of the original, burned bricks were used alognside new ones, resulting in a mix of dark and white colours.

Arriving to the (rebuilt) Altstadt over a bridge from the Neuestadt, all the churches and opera and Zwinger palace do look very impressive. They seem to loom over you, fairly close together, with discoloured walls and blackened statues.

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I loved playing a tourist in the Altstadt, and Galerie Neue Meister was one of my favourite museums on the trip. It was, however, the Neuestadt that made us feel at home.

The population in Dresden is almost the same as in Helsinki, so it might be that the city just felt like the right size -something you can conquer on foot, that doesn’t overwhelm you, but that still has the sights and sounds of a big city. The area that our hotel was in also had a very Kallio-esque vibe (in a good way; other Finns will understand).

There were two eco supermarkets close to our hotel, in addition to one all-vegan restaurant. Two vegan-friendly places were also nearby, and for lunch we went to the Laden Cafe that is right in the middle of the tourist-y area in Altstadt. I would especially recommend the Laden Cafe and the vegan restaurant Falscher Hase:

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This dish was apparently a veganized version of a German classic. And waffles for dessert! A good and hearty meal.

I didn’t visit any yarnstores in Dresden and really only knit on the train and while watching football. So no knitting content this time -but I’m pretty sure that the next post will make up for that 😉

 

 

Deutschland! (Part Two)

From Berlin we went to…Guess where?

dresden

I’m going to a town that has already been burnt down

(Rufus Wainwright: “Going to a Town”)

Well actually Rufus is referring to Berlin in that song, but it does seem to describe Dresden as well.

We didn’t originally plan to go to Dresden because we both remembered from history lessons that the city was destroyed in WWII -we didn’t think of it as a very tourist-y place. My mother then of course told us that in fact, most of the historical centre of the city has been rebuilt. In many cases some of the original, burned bricks were used alognside new ones, resulting in a mix of dark and white colours.

Arriving to the (rebuilt) Altstadt over a bridge from the Neuestadt, all the churches and opera and Zwinger palace do look very impressive. They seem to loom over you, fairly close together, with discoloured walls and blackened statues.

 

Deutschland! (Part I)

I’m back from my two-week vacation in Germany! There’s just so much to tell that I’m going to divide my report into multiple posts (probably one for each city we visited, plus one special entry for Wollmeise).

Part I: Landed in Berlin

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After another production of “The Flying Dutchman” / I landed in Berlin

(Rufus Wainwright: “Perfect Man”)

As our last two trips were to Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Berlin by comparison is huge. My legs hurt from trying to walk everywhere.

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Won’t you walk me through the Tiergarten / Won’t you walk me through it all, darling

Doesn’t matter if it is raining / We’ll get to the other side of town

(Rufus Wainwright: “Tiergarten”)

We walked in Tiergarten on a very cloudy, humid midday. Birds sang and we saw very few people. The place was definitely one of my favorites.

When me emerged from the peacefulness of the Tiergarten, we were confronted by the huge screens and beer advertisements of the UEFA “fan area”. Then it was empty, but on the eve of the Germany-Greece match half a million people gathered to watch the game there.

Food-wise, we mostly relied on restaurants listed on HappyCow.com, or improvised with Asian places that seem to be hugely popular all over Germany. Also, if we had stayed in a place with a kitchen, the numerous eco-supermarkets would have served as fine; they always seemed to have soy milk, soy cheese, tofu and vegan candies. Still, a few times during the vacation I was forced to eat just pommes frites, or pasta arrabiata, ohne käse” bitte (without cheese, please). 

For my daily dose of caffeine, I relied very heavily on Starbucks. Probably slightly more expensive than the local average cup of coffee, but they also have free wi-fi and don’t charge extra for soy milk.

Since we visited so many restaurants, I’m only going to give the highlights of each city. In Berlin, our favourite was Vaust (address Pestalozzistrasse 8; info on Happycow here). The dishes showed some imagination, in my opinion:

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A watermelon “steak” with peas and rice. It was really good! I do love tofu, but it’s nice to eat something else sometimes.

Our other favourite was Veggie Chinese Gourmet Cuisine (infopage here). Really good value for the price, but we had severe problems getting understood in German or English. The service, while extremely friendly, also wasn’t the fastest. Still, the best Satay Tofu I’ve had:

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Because I knew I was going to the Wollmeise store later, I did hardly any yarn shopping in Berlin. I only visited one shop, Handmade Berlin:
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The cafe kept dear BF happy while I browsed. I did in the end buy one skein of a locally dyed sock yarn (Yarn Edition Socks by Tulliver).