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May 06, 2012

A finish, a gift and a trip to Berlin

We had a vacation last week and DH and I went to Berlin. We really love this city! As we were there for the fourth time we had time to explore other things than the highlights, seen that, been there. For those of you who are interested in what we did in Berlin, I will tell more about it at the end of this post.
In the evening, when my tired feet had to rest, I sat down and knitted and as a result Expectation is finished! A big shawl that keeps me warm during cold evenings this summer and coming winter (yes, there will be another winter after  this summer LOL)
VOHRH has another finished block. Only three to go before it's a total finish and a happy dance!
Coming home from Berlin, there was a package in the mail. A friend knitted me a lovely snood, wearable as a hood or cowl. It really is a very comfortable one, soft and light and a beauty to see! The third picture shows the lovely design, the colour is the darker one on the first pictures.
Berlin! Having seen the highlights of a city, we like to explore it another way. So I make quilt routes, or in case there are no quilt shops,  yarn routes. We explore parts of the city in which a certain yarn shop is located and that way you have another view of it.
This trip we went to Handmade Berlin, a beautiful shop in Berlin Mitte, with great luxurious yarns and, great combination, a cafe. 
We also visited Die Wollust. This is the birthplace of Lazy Katy, well known to many knitters. It's a wonderful shop, if you ever visit Berlin, you should go there! 
Another lovely yarn shop is Wollen Berlin. The friendly owner designs lovely things and was very helpful in finding other yarn shops. She even printed the route to another shop,  for me! 
Of course we did lots of other things too. We visited the Dom, Pfaueninsel, the Botanical Garden, we had a boat tour and in the evening , when my feet were too tired to walk anymore, I knitted on Expectation.


Pauline said...

Thanks for taking us with you on your trip! Your knitting and embroidery are as always beautiful!
Love, Pauline

Melissa said...

Thank you for the lovely photos. We were in Germany last fall but unfortunately didn't get to Berlin. It's definitely on my list of cities to visit!

That's a lovely snood!

Christine said...

Oh Joke, wat hebben jullie veel gezien.
Prachtig zeg die foto's .
Wist je dat je naar de geboorte stad van Kathy zou gaan?
Die botanische tuin is prachtig en zo te zien hadden jullie ook schitterend weer.
Je hebt onderwijl nog veel gehandwerkt zeg.
Bedankt voor je verslag, ik ben blij dat je er weer bent.
Knuffels Chrissie

Giovanna said...

Well done on finishing the Village block, and the scarf, they're both gorgeous.

dulcinella said...

Erg mooie foto's! En ik ben zo jaloers op je sjaal. Geweldige kleur en geweldig model. Je kan hem nog goed gebruiken op dit moment ook:-)

Linda said...

Congrats on the two finishes. Your Berlin pics are awesome. Looks like you had alot of fun.


Ann at Beadlework. said...

Thanks for the photos of your visit, Berlin looks beautiful. Your craftwork is very varied and all very bonnie. I love your knitted pieces - the colours in your new scarf/shawl are so rich.

Gingini said...

Jullie hebben het duidelijk heerlijk gehad!
Wat leuk dat je ook naar "Die Wollust" bent geweest!! Aardige mensen, ze stonden ook in de IJsselhallen. Daar heb ik me toen ook staan verlekkeren aan al die mooie wolletjes. ;)
Prachtige update ook trouwens. :)

Maureen said...

Great pics - I was lucky enough to visit Berlin last year but only for one night, so just had time to do a quick tour of all the sights - would love to go back and see more.

Deb said...

Oh, Joke, to be with you...that would have been heavenly! A friend and going back to Germany, and stitching together, too. What more could one ask for? I know it's been too long since I've stopped in to say hello. I love your knitting and the beautiful block you've finished. It's all just wonderful to see. I'm back writing my LavenderRoseRamblings blog again and trying to reach out to old friends... Hugs and happy stitching. Deb