So, what have you planned for your first day here?

Oh.. uhm.. well. For my first day in The Hague? I’m going to Rotterdam.

Luckily nobody asked that and I successfully evaded the question what I planned to see and do in Rotterdam because I only had one goal there: Ja, Wol.

Yarnshop travelling has now taken over most of my travel plans and I really don’t care. I googled yarnshops in the Netherlands and looked at what they had in stock and Ja, Wol seemed like THE stop for me. Because I’ve been wanting a Field Bag for a while now and they stock it. And they’ve got Lettlopi yarn too! Perfect combination, right?
It is a very cute shop with a wonderful selection, you can tell someone took time deciding what they want to stock. My talk with the owner confirmed this later on. She was super nice, we talked quite a bit about caring where your yarn comes from and what yarns you start to use once you progress in your journey as a knitter as well as about only stocking things that are good and are useful to knitters. It was very interesting and I can only imagine how fantastic classes are at her shop. If you’re in the area I highly recommend visiting!

As for me, there were so many wonderful things and at first I wanted to get yarn for the Lesley sweater by Hannah Fettig but then I saw a pattern booklet for the Strokkur by Ysolda Teague so I bought the yarn for that because it was knit in Lettlopi yarn. Mine will be burgundy with the yoke in green and beige (“burnt sugar”). I only later on realized that this would be my second burgundy sweater… Oh well. Seems like that is one of my preferred colours? Never realised that.

Fieldbag wise, I was in for a grey or blue one. Or both to be honest. Turns out they were all out of stock which is too bad but there was one black bag left and that just had my name on it, right? So now I have a pretty black one that will get decorated with buttons and maybe if I come across one I’ll get another colour as well but first I’ll see how much I use the one I have now.

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London Calling

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It’s been a while since I’ve been to London. I used to visit quite frequently but recently I’ve decided I wanted to explore other ‘new’ places. (As I love travelling…)

But when my best friend – who now lives in Hamburg just about an eight hour train ride away from me* – asked me if I’d join her in London for the “Welcome to Night Vale” show I just couldn’t refuse. At first we wanted to go to the Brighton show – we love Brighton – but I wasn’t able to take Friday off and that show was on Friday evening.

So I worked on Friday, caught the evening flight and arrived – two hours delayed – at 2 in the morning at my hostel.

I was beat on Saturday but my inner clock is pretty nasty. Sleeping past 6:30? Psh, in your dreams! I’m seldom able to fall asleep again. I’ve trained myself to idle in bed longer but I’m awake and my brain is working itself silly…

So I got up, sat myself down in Starbucks and knit a bit. I was there for more than an hour, and I have to say it was a very peaceful Saturday morning considering I was in the heart of London. I met up with my friend at 10; we got breakfast together and then walked through Covent Garden which is cute and luckily not too busy if you are there early. After Covent Garden we went to Loop London.

I’ve heard so much about that shop and I’ve ordered online twice from them so I really wanted to go there and my friend agreed to come with me even though she’s not a knitter. Her comment on Loop was “you only choose that yarn shop because it’s got a bunny in the logo, right?” which is somewhat accurate. If I hadn’t heard so much about Loop that definitely would have been a reason for me to go there.

I have to admit, I was somewhat overwhelmed, there’s just so much to look at! And what I really wanted to get was yarn for a sweater (and I decided I’d actually use the yarn it was designed with) but then I didn’t really like that yarn which was very disappointing. The look and structure just wasn’t what I expected. So I knew I wanted to knit a sweater but had no pattern or yarn in mind. Which is quite a bad combination paired with a huge selection of all the different yarns!

I ended up buying Madeline Tosh yarn in a pretty grey with crazy colour speckles on it. I really wanted to get yarn I never used before but I just couldn’t decide and those speckles caught my eye. When I asked how much of it they had left and the answer was ‘those skeins and then the colourway is discontinued’ I was sold.

I also bought two patterns, the book “Journey: A Collaboration”, Sock Blockers, Plane Scissors, a Hare Broche and spent quite the amount of money there. After the night I’d had thought I deserve a ‘treat yo self’ moment.

The show was fantastic, so so so many people! And then Sunday was exhausting. I spent more than four hours in different coffee shops just because I was so tired. And I was so excited for my bed too! And then when I arrived at the airport the screen said the worst thing possible: delayed.

I spent some more time at Starbucks and in the end the one hour delay turned into three which I think is absolutely ridiculous! When I got home I just fed the bunnies and fell into bed.

 

(* I could fly there too, but the flights are always rather expensive if you book spontaneously, I only took the train once and it was alright, exhausting but alright. Flight time from where I am at to London or Hamburg is about the same, just something over an hour. Living in Central Europe does have its perks…)

 

 

 

 

An influx of new yarn

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I bought this yarn at Mylys in Hamburg. Fantastic shop, very cute and the people there are very friendly

The left one and the mini skein are Madelinetosh, the middle one is Malabrigo and the right one is Quince&co Chickadee. I bought a few skeins of the Quince yarn to make something out of the “Home and away knits” book. I’m looking forward to that.

When I saw that they were doing a fashion show on instagram I instantly wanted to participate but I set myself the goal to first finish the other sweater I was knitting. And when that one was finally done there were other more pressing things I had to do and now I won’t be able to finish it in time of april 10th. Originally I bought the yarn in February when I was in Hamburg for a wedding and even then I was so excited to start, but I think this yarn will get stashed and probably be used sometime in summer because there are a few things that I’ve signed up for that need to be cast on before that.

When I was looking for projects I wanted and needed to finish up I once again realised how much yarn I have and since I’m trying to safe up some money for nice holidays I’m going into stashbusting mode. I won’t buy any new yarn until I reduced my stash by one box of yarn. (I have about four or five rather large boxes. At least one has to go.) I’ll make an exception to this for when I’m travelling and discovering yarn I wouldn’t get at home and for super good deals I might come across. You never know.

[I’ve moved this post over from my tumblr and edited it slightly. Back when I wrote this I didn’t know about knitting podcasts and I didn’t know how seductive it would be to listen to people talking about yarn. I caved. I let myself be seduced by pretty words and pictures. I ordered yarn, from Madelinetosh (that’s just been sent off towards me) and from Plucky the knitter (that’s waiting at the post office for me to pick up) and now. I’m looking forward to that but the statement I wrote back in February is still so true and even more so now.

But I’ll try something new, I’ll do a stashbusting project. Each month I have to finish at least one project that will use up a skein/ball/hank of yarn from my stash. And my stash is not allowed to grow. That means if I do buy yarn I need to knit up more than what I’ve bought. (This month is going to be hard… There have been so many new aquisitions already!)

 

 

[February 2016 and heavily edited in April 2016]