Saturday, February 27, 2021

Back to Basics

 2020 was a very trying year.  I am going to move past it and just say that I will be focused on knitting more now than I have been.  It is my serenity! 


I Signed up for a knitting class online, to knit a Norwegian Sweater, more specifically a Kofte which is a stranded knitting project. 

This is the very beginning of my project
This is what it should look like when finished

It is a challenge but its also exciting to try something different.  The instructor is very serious about gauge and keeping the Integrity of the historical pattern as it is over 100 years old. She has interpreted the pattern to some of our more modern standards and into English of course.  I ordered the wool directly from the Instructor who owns and runs a sheep farm in Oslo.  The yarn is Rauma and is fingering weight.  Her website is Knitography She offers other classes and yarn as well.

This winter has been brutal, much more snow and cold weather than we have had in recent years so I actually have had more opportunity to use some of the items I have knitted to keep me warm!

This is a neck warmer (?) or cowl, I made the same one for my sister, we both agreed that as long as your neck is warm, you are worm!  She lives in Montana so she is aware of how to keep warm in the snowy winter!
And this is a more conventional cowl, it is really 
a tube shape and goes over your head and around
around your neck.  I made it with delicious
Cashmere that I bought in Elgin, Scotland












I have done some stranded knitting and
I enjoyed it!  This was made from a kit, so the
Pattern and yarn all came together.  I purchased it at
an Irish booth at the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival









Tuesday, July 3, 2018

More Copenhagen

I just loved Copenhagen.  On our meanderings we, of course, visited some yarn shops, this one was the favorite, Sommerfuglen. I was told that meant Butterfly, I thought that was really cute.  I did NOT buy anything here, I have vowed to not buy indiscriminately and only when I have an idea of what I am going to knit with said yarn.  



I was absolutely entranced by the bicycles in Copenhagen.  Everyone rides bikes.  Even with dresses and business attire, everyone is riding.  No one wears a helmet.  No one wears fancy racing bike gear.  There are bikes everywhere and you are cautioned NOT to stand in the BIKE LANES!!  You will seriously get run over.  Everyone heeds the traffic laws and does not walk without the walk signal.  All the signals also have an audio component so this is another reminder to be careful.


This is a really great photo that Norma took of "rush hour" in Copenhagen.  This is across the street from our hotel.   Actually, I see two people with helmets, they must be tourists  Hahaha.

For all the photos of the trip, click HERE

The rest of my trip

Trying to catch up on information from the trip because it was very hard to find a reliable wi-fi to upload photos.  While we were on the ship we were disconnected so that meant we  had to find pubs in the ports we were in to do any internet work.

The third day we were in Copenhagen was the day that we became very adventurous and took the train north to Helingsor, which is on the coast and the closest point to Sweden across the channel.  We bought the tickets as a round trip from Copenhagen-Helsingor-Malmo and back to  Copenhagen,
Central Station in Copenhagen


The view of Helsingor when we got off the train

I right =way found something to buy!  A gorgeous orange rain jacket

The town is dominated by a huge quay where many older sailing ships are kept.  Tolls were collected by the Danish King during the 

This is a panoramic photo of the castle, it is magnificent
The castle that stands on the very point is the castle made famous by William Shakespeare in his play,  Hamlet.  The castle is the Kronberg Castle but it is also well known as Elsinore, Hamlet's home.

My traveling buddies.


Everything is just so picturesque. 


We boarded the ferry that goes across the channel every 20 minutes to Sweden, to a town named Helsingborg


A medieval town built upon a shipping industry from the 1400's.  It is on a very steep hill which we climbed to get the overview.  We ate our packed lunch on benches in the town square.  We decided that, true to popular opinion, Swedes are much more reserved than their Danish counterparts.



We boarded the train from Helsingborg to return to Copenhagen, when the conductor came by she was frowning and confused.  She called her superintendent over and they had a quick discussion.  She was very nice but told us that we had to buy a SWEDISH ticket, not a DANISH one and that there is usually a hefty fine for trying to travel with the wrong ticket of 1000 Kroner.  She advised us kindly to get off at the next stop, buy a new SWEDISH ticket and get back on the net train.
That actually was fine because it gave me an opportunity to shop in the local grocery store which I find fascinating, I bought a bag of mixed candies and we got on the next train to Malmo.  We met and sat with this hilarious gentleman who started out as a button-up reserved business man, but quickly loosened up and by the time we got to Malmo we were all laughing our heads off and eating candy.  He gave ma a an of beer from Sweden as we were teasing him mercilessly about unknown Swedish beer.
Returning to Copenhagen it turns out that there was some huge soccer match going on in some stadium there and everyone was turned out in Swedish soccer gear and partying hardy.  Our hotel was situated near the Central Station and surrounded by pubs filled with soccer fans and it was really colorful and fun.  I believe the match was between Sweden and Switzerland, and Switzerland won.  That is what I was able to understand from all the fans I spoke to, although when i asked they looked at me like I had two heads.  They could not understand why I was not following the matches closely and that I even had to ask who won!


For all the photos of the trip, click HERE



Friday, May 18, 2018

Day two

today was an amazing day although we missed the start of our “tour” Norma and I took off on our own. Headed straight to the Nyhavn canal area to take the canal cruise
It was a gorgeous day and the tour was great.


After that we headed straight for the royal palace to see the changing of the guard

The guard changes at 12:00, it is really a spectacle to watch.  These guys are in the service and volunteered to be in the guard. They are very serious and must be effective because the palace is in an open square where people are milling about all day.  It is beautiful and peaceful



We sat and had lunch that we packed this morning around the royal gardens near the water. 











For all the photos of the trip, click HERE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Copenhagen food tour

terrific food tour today, visited a world renowned brewery and award winning restaurant located in the revitalized meat packing district in the west end of Copenhagen.  Also sampled handmade ice cream pops, dream cake , cappuccino from hand roasted beans and hand made chocolate.  Denmark is committed to organic eating, preserving food, wind energy, these have become all important here.

Now off to find the yarn store
Hand made Chocolates on display

Mikkeller beer

Storefront for Mikkeller

Found the yarn store!  Sommefuglen = butterfly

Kildten gave us his freshly made rhubarb ice cream pops covered in white chocolate
We are standing behind his shop where he makes his confections.

Sommebrot, rye bread with herring  and one with organic grass fed beef
Delicious with Aquavit!

Sensation (“Sebbie”) brewing our cappucino made with coffee roasted in house. We also had a traditional treat called Dream Cake mmmmmm!!




Copenhagen

I’m here!
I had a terrific flight on Norwegian air. Met a delightful young Dane who now lives in NY he was able to explain o me how to take the Metro to my hotel once we landed....

Made it to the hotel!  The Square in Copenhagen!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Tomorrow!

Time finally to leave, this trip has been in the planning for over a year now!!
Definitely undecided about the final packing list so In the morning it’s going to be final decision time!
I spent the day at the beach at Heckscher State Park with my dear friend Ann painting en plain air. It was so magnificent I want to do more of that it was a great and fun experience.