Saturday, February 26, 2011

Knitting in Kiel

While my lovelies are spending their last warm days in the south,
I decided to go further up north on a little trip of my own. Leaving Oldenburg main station possible rail strikes were announced:

Anyway, I was professionally prepared for any waiting time with good reading and knitting materials.

Excuse my shameless self-promotion, but guess whose letter to the editor was in the journal? (if you don't know German or know German but don't like my egomaniac cross-promotion just skip this)

I am sure I didn't write magenta. I wrote pink.

I do suspect that knitters must have some kind of inner radar system to find each other in all kinds of surroundings. Because getting off the train in Bremen (Bremen is worth a visit, too) I met two babes from Oldenburg Knit Night. And how did I recognized one of them from behind? By her self-designed white cabled hat, of course. Her comment when she looked at me? You look pink.

Do I?

No strike on my trains, I was lucky. And what a surprise, shortly before Hamburg - snow! I hadn't seen snow since the beginning of January.

There are two yarn shops near Kiel main station.

Wolle & Hobby is located in a big hall. The yarn section was overwhelming.

That is only part of it.

And it is not only wool they sell, it is a crafter's paradise with everything from patchwork to scrapbooking, from painting to embroidery.

As I was in the company of my two charming friends they were so nice to pose with pink wool.

Lee (I have made him do this before) and Daniel

The other yarn shop is fadenwerk, located in a former gym (Daniel used to work out there, he told me). Smaller & lovely.

Also fabrics, sewing machines and sewing supplies.

They offer sewing classes.

This used to be the sauna.

I couldn't resist.

Yet the highlight of the Kiel yarn shops is on the outskirts, in the placid surroundings of woods and lakes. The WollWerkstatt Kiel, specializing in high quality yarns.

And lucky me, once a month there is a Stitch'n'Bitch - on Saturdays from 11 am until ... (it is usually dark by then). This Saturday.

The shop is downstairs in the owner's house.

On Knit Saturdays she opens her house to the Kiel knitaholics.

I couldn't resist.

Another good thing - there is potluck.
And if you are an experimental vegan like me, my recommendation for Kiel is:

How could I resist that name?

It is more like an alternative pub with a familiar feel - seriously, in the short time we spend there they had following customers: young mamas with really small babies, teenagers, families, a grandmother. They have a vegetarian/vegan menu - and everything that is vegetarian can also be turned into vegan on request. The pizza, burger and thai curry we had were equally yummy.

This last thing is for the German speakers/or linguistically interested - during my stay there was a trade fair going on, which is called:

Umschlag has different meanings: in this case it is a fair or a market.
In my case it means: yarn over.

1 comment:

Christel said...

Oh, Cathrin! Ich wäre gern dabei gewesen! So viel Wolle... Aber vielleicht ist es besser so, denn ich habe so viele Garne schon zu Hause, und ich weiß nicht, ob ich diesen Versuchungen hätte wiederstehen können.