We have been having such a good time in Germany that I have not had any time to post. We leave tomorrow, which is probably a good thing. If I consume any more bratwurst and beer I will need to check into a detox center.
I do have a few pictures; of course knitting related. The digital camera is truly one of mankind’s greatest inventions. However, we have at least 7000 photos to sort through, many of them food-related. John has insisted on taking photos of just about everything we have eaten while here…once I get them sorted out I might just be persuaded to post the pics of the Schweinshaxen that we had last night in Bavaria. (That’s a roughly German word for pig’s knuckles for the non-Bavarian among you. It’s as big as your head, and they serve it with the knife stabbed into it.)
We spent the first few days in Heidelberg, where our friends live. One of those days we went strolling through the shops in the city center. One of those shops, just fortuitously, was a yarn shop. Really, I didn’t know it was there. I was only allowed about three minutes inside.
I felt a little like I had won one of those prizes where you are allowed to run around a store for a certain period of time and keep everything you could pick up.
This unfortunately was the only yarn shop I was able to get to while here. My husband has a low tolerance for hanging around a yarn shop waiting (it’s his only real fault), and our friends appear not to understand the attraction of yarn. I like them anyway.
The middle third of our trip was a train trip to Berlin. We enjoyed many museums and historical sites, and more food and drink. And shopping, though none of it knitting-related. The train ride was several hours of uninterrupted knitting time (well except for the time we went to the bar/dining car).
The third “third” of our trip was a driving trip to Bavaria. We drove there (more quality knitting time!), enjoying the journey despite a “Stau” or two along the way (traffic jam in German!). We stayed in Garmisch, where the 1936 Winter Olympics were held. We took in the castles of Ludwig II (I am not getting out the guidebook to spell them correctly!), which are pretty impressive. It has been fairly cool and rainy the whole time we have been here, so we did not do any hiking. We had to leave something for next time.
I have made significant progress on John’s sweater while here. I finished the front before we left home, finished the first sleeve and am about a third done with the second. All I can say is thank God people only are born with two arms. I hope to be able to knit on the long trip home tomorrow…I had no problems getting my wooden needles on the plane going this direction. If not, I guess I will get a lot of reading and napping done.