german yarn and german beer

oh the colors

last weekend i travelled to münchen to see the wollmeise in person along with bockstark and elem. i had such a lovely time capitulated by diving head first into a huge pile of wollmeise yarn at a spring market. i can’t emphasize how incredible it is to be able to see the hand dyed colors in person and compare and contrast. elem and bockstark were so awesome in person, it totally made my day. they recommended an awesome vegetarian restaurant and the victorian house for some lychee + peach tea (yum). they both must have thought i was a lunatic for my constant yarn and knitting babble, but frankly i don’t have much of an outlet at home what with the lack of weekly knit groups and such in my area (perhaps i should start one?). and before you think i bought too much sock yarn, three of those seven skeins are not staying with me, and the other purchase was worsted weight for a sweater.

i was hoping to finish my wild berry zinger socks before travelling there, but i finished late saturday night, after i saw the wollmeise and bockstark + elem. they started as two-at-a-time toe up stockinette socks to see how much i could squeeze out of a skein of wollmeise, but they ended up as knee socks because i ran out of leg before i ran out of yarn. what better place to finish some german sock yarn socks than in a beer garten in münchen? i now have seven skeins of wollmeise sock yarn in my stash, four from this weekend, and three from earlier, and two finished pairs of socks for myself. i can’t wait until my entire sock shelf is filled with these gorgeous colors.

when in munich,

take me there: dellis cay

dellis cay

i’m going to start a new feature here called take me there. first up is dellis cay: an island in the turks and caicos. the island is renown for its seashells and relative obscurity. i found zero shots in flickr, and no info in wikipedia. knowing my childhood obsession with islands and seashells and sailing, i’m fairly sure a visit would be a safe bet. add in modern architecture and i think i can stay for quite a long while.

i saw the island thanks to Harry at MoCo Loco who highlighted the architectural marvels being built there by the likes of Zaha Hadid et al. if you go to the dellis cay site please be forewarned that the annoying flash presentation about the astounding architecture will take over your entire monitor. google maps wasn’t responsive with a search for the island so i am linking to their coordinates instead. i figured out which island was dellis cay thanks to a map here.

che faro senza formaggio?

pizza capriccioso: feeling capricious

a pizza without cheese is still a pizza. a pizza consumed in rome is more pizza-ey than pizza itself. this past weekend’s visit to rome was intriguing. my s.o. and i went without expectations except to eat some delectable meals. unfortunately, the food wasn’t all that great. the stellar pizza pictured above was at a small pizzeria down the hill from the vatican museum entrance where we had lunch on our last day. by this time we had pretty much given up on the dream of great italian food; i was even ready to eat at an indian restaurant that afternoon. please don’t think i didn’t love the trip, but just be prepared to hunt a bit more than we did to find a great restaurant in rome.

january is rome’s off season but the town was still teeming with tourists. the locals zip raucously through the narrow streets and alleys on scooters and mini coopers (old and new) and mini buses. faded paint peels off the buildings and carved latin inscriptions remind one that rome thrived BC and not just AD. christian symbols in the form of crosses and framed saintly figures adorn the outsides of buildings. i don’t think i’ve ever seen as many nuns per capita as i did in rome.

taller than imagined

il colosseo (pictured above) was dark and dank while waiting in line under the lowest level of arches, but once we got inside the sky cleared up. it was smaller in size but taller in height than i had imagined. we went largely without any guidebooks or history in hand, mostly so i could shoot as many photos as possible, but also i think it’s nice to wonder what things are and learn about them later. the small piles of seemingly discarded capitals from columns found in various places throughout the city look more like architectural salvage lots than archeology sites.

i understood a lot more italian than i ever expected, probably due to the excessive study of operatic scores i undertook while working on my conservatory degree. thanks gluck, you helped me order pizza without cheese.

wreath building and soup making

open in the dark comparison

apparently all it took was a few days away from my normal environment to turn me into a veritable craft and bake-a-thon. i built a wreath out of the leftover boughs from the tannenbaum (and even added a red fabric bow with stitches on the back to keep it from flopping apart). last night i even made a leek/potato/celery root soup from scratch. apparently it was a hit. lesson 1: step away from the computer while you can. lesson 2: have your family document your every move so you can blog about it later.