Monday, October 29, 2007

Love at first sight.

Yes, it's true I'm in yarn love.

Wollemeise lace-garn

100% Superwash wool

Color: Farn

It's soft and pretty and squishy and, and, and it smells good!

and look what came with it!

A little baby skein of yarn in Frosch colorway, a very soft single ply worsted yarn. yum!

Some Gummy bears and last but not least, see that paper? That is a page of knitting terms translated from German to English!!!!


Tuesday, October 23, 2007

A fun quick project!

Mary Jane Booties Pattern: Baby Mary Janes

Yarn: Anchor Magicline cotton color 1498

Knitpicks options #5 (3.75 mm)

This was just a cool pattern I found on Ravelry and I felt like making something quick that I could finish right away. They are all done except for the buttons.

Cute huh?

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ravelry, I'm in!!!

Yeah! I got my Ravelry invite today. I have been stalking the Ravelry page checking and re-checking my invite status for the last few days, so much for patiently waiting ;) If you are on look me up, I'm "BlueMoonTurtle" check it out. I don't have any pictures up yet because most of my stash is back in the states and my computer with all my pictures is not on line here in Germany. (I have been using Gummibaer's)

My knitting has been coming along nicely in the last few days. I have been working on my dreaded UFO the pulse sweater. I have also been working on my vine lace stockings and my jaywalkers, I'm working the heels on them!! I'll have pictures when things show some noticeable changes.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Oktoberfest and a whirlwind tour of Munich

Last weekend at the last minute we rented a car and headed to Munich for Oktoberfest.

We arrived Friday afternoon and strolled around the wies'n. There where lots and lots of people!
We rode the roller coasters and ate some really yummy roasted nuts.

I even got to see horses!!

We finally found a spot in one of the beer tents and had dinner. The roast chicken was to die for and of course the bratwurst was spectacular!

And did I mention the beer??

The people were all really friendly and there were no crazy drunks fighting or otherwise making a nuisance of themselves. I am not at all a party person and I really had fun!

We shared our table with a great bunch of Germans mostly from Munich, I think Friday was more of an in-town day. When we went back Saturday it was a lot more crowded and there didn’t seem to be as many locals.

On Saturday as the hordes pored into the wies'n for the festival, we took the opportunity to see Munich.

We had a lovely time touring St. Paul's Church.

Gummibaer is an architecture buff so this was a highlight.

Then we walked through the center of the city and explored the market.

After all that walking we took a break on a bench in a garden.

The weather was perfact and there was even some sock knitting!

We really enjoyed Munich and hope to go back someday.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

We've come a long way baby!

Finally a knitting post.

In honor of Socktoberfest here are my first socks ever.

They took me a total of a year and a half (2004-2005) and they were the first thing I ever knit.

I think I used lion brand wool ease and size 6 needles. I ran out of yarn on the second toe and they don’t fit me or anyone else that I know of. But, when I finally figured out the heel and finished them, I was hooked on knitting!

Yesterday, I finished a pair of Pomatomus socks!

Wow, what a difference!

Pomatomus by Cookie A
Medium weight Socks that Rock in colorway Puck’s mischief
Knit picks #1 (2.25 mm) needles
Two Socks on two circs.
Mods: I shortened the cuff by one repeat and I adjusted the toe a little.

In between these socks two pairs of socks, I became a “Knitter” found blogs, podcasts and the whole on line knitting community. I started knitting when I was still in the Navy and was looking for something to do that would help me de-stress and also reconnect with my identity as an individual. Now kitting is my primary outlet for creativity and an important part of my life. The last few years have been years of transition and change for me. Knitting has been one constant and a way to connect with people no matter where I am. I don’t know what I’d do without it!

Blog Note:

I have been doing a lot of traveling while I'm here in Germany, so this has kind of turned into a travel blog. However, I will still be posting about my knitting and I expect the knitting to return in full force when I get back to the states. Meanwhile, I have some more travel posts coming up as soon as I can get my pictures sorted out!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Saturday Morning in Munich

(picture heavy)

Let’s go for a stroll through the market!

How about some Meat

and vegetables.

for dinner with the family.


And Cheese

Go with Fruit

And Nuts

For a Picnic with your lover.

Meet an old friend for some Tea

in a kitchen

with plants on the window sill.

Treat yourself

to some flowers.

Food always speaks to me and when it is as fresh and colorful as this the story it tells is like a picture in my mind of the perfect day.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Knitting mojo, MIA.

My attention span for knitting seems to be getting shorter. I must be bored of my projects. I have some things to cast on but I don't seem to do that either. I think about knitting all the time but I never actually do it! I get excited about things I see on blogs and I plan and scheme about the yarn in my stash back in the states but when I sit down to knit I get distracted in just a few minutes. Where is my mojo??!!

I have made a little slow progress on my socks.
The Pomatomus are almost done.
Maybe I'll find my mojo when I have an FO.
The Jaywalker stripes are making me happy.

I think I am going to do a short row heel on this. I love toe up because I can use up the yarn and I prefer the construction of toe up. I have tried the heel flap heel several times and I just don't really like making it, so we'll see.