Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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    Eh Dicha, das ist ech cool, eh!
    -My new German phrase (Hey Dude, this is really cool!)

    Because this is a knitting blog and not a travelogue (although, tangentially speaking, Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad is a hilarious travelogue, but not in the same league as Life on the Mississippi), and because knitting is a metaphor for life, I'm going to show you the Europe that the socks saw.

    There are obvious omissions. The socks did not go dancing with good-looking Danes named Lars. (Poor socks.) The socks did not climb Scottish mountains or walk around the Lochs. (Their loss.) The socks did not eat any European chocolate. (Lent? What Lent?) But really, only my family should be forced to sit through a slide show of all 298 photos I took. And since I'm seeing them next weekend, you're all spared.

    We started in Copenhagen. We started knitting Pomomatus out of the Lorna's Laces that I won in Leah's contest. It was short-lived on both fronts, as we had a train to Hamburg to catch and 72 sts of 1x1 twisted ribbing just made the pretty Lorna's dissolve into a pool of, well, pooling. A good yarn deserves better, so we pulled it out somewhere between there and Germany.
    In Germany we met up with Katja, the German member of Team College Hill, propelling our Olympic glory to a whole 'nother continent. (I wore Am Kamin. It was cold in Hamburg.) Since the rain followed me everywhere I went, I don't have any amazing outside photos of the sock on top of the bell tower. Turns out the sock is afraid of heights. But here's the Birch Leaf Lace Socks from A Gathering of Lace on the way down. Katja is holding it, as it was an intended gift for her. Is it rude to complain about how long your friends' feet are in front of them for nearly two weeks? I was afraid of that.

    After a whirlwind couple of days in Germany, it was time for Sweden! You met Felix (my snazzy new car) yesterday, and Felix is the reason I have so few photos of knitting or Sweden. I was too busy driving. We did see some Swedish castles, however: What? You don't recognize that sock? It's Regia that stripes like the Germany flag. I, um, er, bought it in Germany. Along with a lot of other sock yarn. A lot. Photos of the loot to follow. Which would mean I lost in the final days of the Stashalong. But I did get in just under the wire for the Sock Yarn Addicts Club. Can't win them all.

    Tomorrow we'll pick up in Scotland. There was great knitting in Scotland. I knit. Katja knit. Antje, Katja's mom, knit. We had bracing winds and warm cozy fires. What a place for wool!


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Sounds like the sock had only half as much fun as you do!

    Bad for the sock, but good for you!

    4/12/2006 6:13 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I can't wait to see the yarn haul! Such suspense!

    I don't think there's anything wrong with complaining about how long knitted gifts are taking in front of the recipients. You saw me bitch for about 3 months about my mother's shawl on my blog, which she reads daily. It lets the recipients know you care enough about them to do something that's boring/hateful. I guess.

    4/12/2006 6:15 AM  
    Blogger Stephanie said...

    My latest sock for sockapaloooza is the pomomatus sock and I'm enjoying it. I sounds like you had a marvelous trip. I can't wait to hear all about Scotland.

    4/12/2006 8:59 AM  
    Blogger Chris said...

    More yarn pictures! More yarn pictures!

    Ginger made a lovely button for those of us who didn't make it...

    4/12/2006 9:26 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Terri, Looking forward to seeing the traveloge on Sunday at your parent's house. I may be one of the few people that actually love slide shows of other people's trips. Love, Aunt Carol

    4/12/2006 10:08 AM  
    Blogger Nikki said...

    Felix is lovely! (handsome?) And thanks for the European delivery explanation...I didn't know that was possible! :)

    I love that sock yarn. I've been trying to hunt some down (for my German-historian fiance) with no luck yet....can't wait to see the socks that you make with it!

    4/12/2006 12:15 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Haven't said a peep in quite a while but my mom saw this and was so excited. We can't wait for the Scotland installment. And I'm glad you had fun.
    I'm starting to think I should import a suitcase full of the Regia German flag yarn and auction it off on ebay!

    4/12/2006 2:13 PM  
    Blogger Jenn said...

    Bring on the yarn porn!

    4/12/2006 5:59 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great photos of Germany!

    4/12/2006 9:02 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Blogging family.
    I read this blog regularly, as many of your families read yours, as a way to keep in touch with a loved one.
    At first, I was concerned about T. being "out there" on the internet,as potential prey for stalkers, perverts, Homeland Security Officials, etc. I warned her about the faux knitter, who was only interested in young literate women.
    I am thrilled at the community she found from this site.(Cris the cartoon, Multiplte portrait Lynda, Jennie from Appalachia, etc.)
    I am thrilled at the response she recieved when she returned saftely from her 6(7)country car buying tour.
    The love that pours into your comments is evident.
    The definition of "family" continues to evolve.

    4/13/2006 5:04 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    OH NO! Another member of SYAC was in my town (Hamburg) and I didn't know about it:-O!! Too bad we didn't get to meet. Who's this german friend of yours, does she live in Hamburg and does she have a blog? I'm so curious;-)

    Greetings from guilt-stricken Julia (already acquired new yarn since 4/1)

    4/13/2006 5:13 AM  

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