Saturday, September 19, 2009

Knitting around the World!

These are the flights I've taken over the last 3 months:

1) NYC to Frankfurt
2) Frankfurt to Tel Aviv
3) Tel Aviv to Frankfurt
4) Frankfurt to NYC
5) NYC to SF
6) SF to NYC
7) NYC to Frankfurt

Needless to say, I am sick of flying now and am happy to stay in one place for a few months. The upside of all this flying is that I had lots and lots of free hours to knit! Here are a few things I've worked on up in the sky (and on the ground):

The mittens I knitted in Israel, during my 5-week intensive biblical Hebrew course. It was a nice, meditative ritual during that time. And they were my first mittens! Knitted on double pointed needles! The hat I made in Germany, after I got back from Israel. It's all knit out of delicious Malabrigo Yarn - merino wool that's beautifully textured and hand-dyed. I loved working with it.

This is a head kerchief I started in the Bay and then finished in Germany. I especially liked learning how to make the more complicated leaf ties - which are, unfortunately, hidden when you wear the thing!

Next on my list? I'm hoping to make a kid mohair cowl scarf and a beret...maybe. And I would love to try my hand at socks and cables. To be continued.


Marian Kensler said...

You actually *finished* several items? I am deeply shamed. Then again, I like knitting lace, which is highly impractical and takes forever (at least for me). You're going to enjoy cabling - it looks fantastic and is incredibly easy, though you don't need to tell people that when they exclaim over it :).

And of course the obligatory question: Are you on Ravelry? I am but I log in about once a month because my projects go along at a snail's pace and it's slightly embarrassing to see all of these women who use that time to knit four hats, eight pairs of socks, two shawls, and whip up a few new patterns for contests besides. I must resign myself to the fact that I suck at multitasking, I suppose.

So, how is Germany these days - is autumn setting in in earnest? I'm sure you're looking forward to October; do they do Halloween there or not? A shame if not, but at least there's Oktoberfest - I can't see anyone turning down a pumpkin-iced or a ghost cake, even if the reason for it is a bit unclear :).

Marianevans said...

Ahh! I have to learn cabling then! I have plenty of projects I end up taking apart midway, sigh. And may I remind you that you are a busy mother of 2 and should feel no shame in not finishing projects?

I'm on Ravelry, but only just - don't really know how to use it to its full potential yet. I've only downloaded free patterns and poked around a tiny bit.

Miss you! And thanks for the email and photos!

Marian said...

Yes, I've only just scratched the surface of Ravelry - there are so many forums and subgroups that I can easily see myself spending tons of time there, which while it would be fun is also NOT something I need to do (get thee behind me, knitting?) BTW do you think you could send me your German address? I'm sorry, I'd swear you sent it before but I just can't find it and would like to have it around :).

Ann Perry said...

My mom and sis (from California) are in Heidelberg visiting my Auntie who lives there...can you suggest a yarn store where they can buy me presents?

Marianevans said...

Yes, of course! There is a Wolle Roedel on the Hauptstrasse (main street of the old city) that stocks some lovely yarn, including a ton of sock yarn. There is also a yarn store - though I've never been to it - across the river from the old city:
Ladenburger Str. 18.

Good luck!