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!!


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


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.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Rollin" rollin' rollin...

I am on a roll, I just started keeping a log of my knitting, which keeps me accountable,  My daughter, Laura Jean gave me a nice bound book with nice smooth paper in it and I am using that to keep my notes in.  I had been horrified to open up my "knitting closet" to find at least 15 unfinished projects, all of which I am committed to finishing because I love them, I love the yarn, it brings back good memories,...or for any other number of reasons! So now I am staying focused on just a few projects at a time, and sticking with them until I finish!  That is my 2018 resolution.

 Luckily, I am newly encouraged and enthused because of my new knitting buddies!  Yes, I am teaching knitting again in Continuing Ed departments at two different school districts on Long island.  I have met the most wonderful ladies and enjoy sharing everything with them, especially tips and tricks all about knitting and yarn.

I took one of my groups on a field trip to Tarrytown to visit Flying Fingers knit shop, then on to Nyack to visit "Knitting Nation"  It was a gorgeous day, we walked around the towns, bought yarn dreaming about the projects we are going to knit, and had a delightful lunch at Didier Dumas.  I headed home after that but my itinerant knitters continued on to Mamaroneck where they found new delights in another knit shop.  I was disappointed to have to leave them however all my children and their children were at my house waiting for me, which is another delight altogether.

I love my Garden City Class and my Port Washington class!!

Here is a picture of the Four Stitch Scarf that some of my beginner knitters are making.  It is a pattern designed by Yarn Harlot and it has been so fun to see all the different results depending on what yarn they use, what size needles.  It has become a whole conceptual lesson in design and materials for my knitters!!

Friday, March 23, 2018


One of my most favorite Christmas gifts was a bag o' yarn from Lindsay.  I had used some luscious yarn that I bought at J.P. Knit & Stitch, a lovely little yarn shop in Jamaica Plain, MA, to make a pair of socks.  The yarn was so soft and delightful to work with that I raved about it to Lindsay.  My fabulous daughter went back to the store and picked out several skeins of that very same yarn to give to me for Christmas. I love her!!

The yarn is "Alegria" by Manos del Uruguay

I cast on some socks right away and enjoyed knitting them because this yarn is so nice to work with.

Finished socks!!  This is hand-painted yarn

Since we have had a terrible, wet, raw, cold winter here, I wore my own socks all winter,  They are the warmest and one day I dragged them all out and admired them, here is a photo of most of the socks I have made and kept.  Many more have gone out as gifts to my daughters, my friends and family.  It is very satisfying to see so much of my work all together, a history of sorts.  I remember all the yarn, the patterns and the time I spent knitting them.

Ready to cast on another pair!

Chloe Kim Fever

There is nothing like seeing a knitted item and furiously trying to re-create it!  This winter, in the Olympics, the adorable young Chloe Kim showed up all over the TV in an adorable hat.  Right away I wanted to try to make the hat for my daughters.  I spent a few days trying to get the same look, using different yarns, different size needles...Finally I got the look I wanted.  I never did find the actual yarn that her hat was made of, but the super bulky yarn by Lion Brand fit the bill.  After several trips to Michael's I found enough yarn to make four hats.


My two daughters in their hats!
Here is a photo of Chloe Kim in her hat, the inspiration for my projects.

This was very exciting to me.  
I am going to write out my pattern to share.  



Size 15 needles. I would use a 16” circular or two circulars to knit in the round,
Another option would be DPNs , whichever works best for you.
Chunky yarn, I used Lion Brand Wool Ease “Thick and Quick”  or any comparable yarn.

Cast on 46 stitches and connect in the round.

K1, P1 around
Continue until the hat is 9 ½-10 inches tall.  You want to be able to turn up at least 3” around
the brim so you can gauge that as you go.

Next 2 rounds, K2Tog all around,
The stitches will be decreased to 11.  Cut the yarn and pull through all remaining stitches.
Pull tight and knot the yarn on the inside of the hat.


Make a tassel with the remaining yarn.
 I would cut 10” pieces, as many as you would like,  tie them together in the middle very tight,
connect to the top of the hat with a large-eye needle and some of the remaining yarn.  
You could also use the tail end of the yarn that you finished the hat with to sew the tassel on.
Make sure your tassel is big and chunky enough!
I have to add more to one of my daughter's hats when she complained that her tassel
was not as big as her sister's!