Postcards from Copenhagen

View from Hotel

View from Hotel

Radhus (City Hall)

Radhus – City Hall

Grannies Folly came too

Grannies Folly came too

Marmorkirken (Marble Church)

Marmorkirken – Marble Church

Amalienborg Slot - Castle Amalienborg

Amalienborg Slot – Castle Amalienborg

Nyhavn - New Harbour

Nyhavn – New Harbour

Music at every corner

Music at every corner

Den Lille Havfrue - The Little Mermaid

Den Lille Havfrue – The Little Mermaid

NY Carlsberg Glyptotek

NY Carlsberg Glyptotek

Last weekend we travelled to Denmark, first stop Copenhagen…, and yes, the Grannies Folly basket came too.

What a vibrant and buzzing city, and so colourful. It’s easy to walk everywhere, zig-zagging the city to see as much as we could in the few days we had, I think we managed to take in most of it. The weather was kind to us, with the sun shining most of the time, and we were able to sample a lot of the Danish cuisine al fresco.

We were impressed by the wide avenues with amazingly little traffic, lined by large grand old houses, lots of green spaces and of course water water everywhere.

Our highlight was the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a world class art museum with a huge selection of ancient Egyptian art, Greek and Roman sculptures, as well as a wealth of Danish paintings from what is known as the Golden Age (1800-50). This is also the home of The Little Dancer by Edgar Degas and many paintings by the French Impressionists.

We visited castles and churches and then there was only one place left for me to go…

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www.sommerfuglen.dk/

…this yarn paradise (and there is no other word to describe it) came highly recommended by many, and it did not disappoint. I could have filled a few suitcases, but instead I was a very good girl…

BC Yarn

BC Yarn

…I have an idea for this!

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Copenhagen we loved you…

…I am going to cast on!

Enjoy! X.

Portmeirion – a romantic hide away

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Last Friday was a very special day for ‘my man’ and myself, as on this day (6 June) 30 years ago we met when he was stationed in Germany with the British Armed Forces. As I had been away on business the weekend before, I hadn’t planned anything special and thought we could just have a lovely meal and some bubbly to celebrate.

But to my great surprise ‘my man’ had organised an overnight stay in a very special place, and on Friday morning he whisked me off to Portmeirion.

Portmeirion was build by architect Clough Williams-Ellis to show how a beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. He bought the site in 1925 and spent over 50 years developing it into the stunning place it is today.

The village is situated on its own private peninsula overlooking Traeth Beach estuary, and is surrounded by 70 acres of subtropical forest gardens. This is a  magical environment of lakes, temples and gazebos, with paths that wind themselves past Italian style cottages, a pantheon, watchtower and much more, down to the rocky shoreline.

There stands the beautiful Portmeirion Hotel where we spent a wonderful evening munching our way through the most delicious dinner, drinking Champagne whilst looking out to sea.

Clough Williams-Ellis was a man with great vision. Portmeirion gave him much pleasure during his life and is today giving much pleasure to it’s many visitors. His motto was “Cherish the Past, Adorn the Present, Construct for the Future”, a motto witch sits well with this beautiful, somewhat mystical place, where you feel you have stepped back in time and leave feeling tranquil and refreshed.

We have booked our next weekend stay already!

Enjoy! X.

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Impressions of an Exhibition

Last weekend I travelled to Schwabsburg, near Oppenheim in Germany. A beautiful picturesque small town in Rheinland/Pfalz, very close to the mighty river Rhein and surrounded by vineyards, that produce the most delicious of wines.

I had been invited way back when by the lovely Claudia of Wollsinn Yarns to teach a couple of workshops at the Schwabsburger Wollfest. All preparation complete, I set off from Wales last Friday early and spent a wonderful weekend surrounded by beautiful yarn and lovely people.

Here are my Impressions:

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Oppenheim Market Square

Claudia  - the Organiser

Claudia – the Organiser

Spinning Workshop

Spinning Workshop

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Lang Yarns

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Collinette Yarns

 

 

 

One of my Fair Isle Workshops

One of my Fair Isle Workshops

…and look what came home with me thanks to my lovely hosts…

Gifted Yarns

Gifted Yarns

What beautiful things can I make with this?

Any ideas anyone?

Until soon…X.

a colourful weekend

Last weekend saw me traveling to beautiful Backnang, near Stuttgart in Germany. I had been invited to the annual Woolfest gathering to teach a couple of workshops, and had been preparing for it for a few weeks.

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This was my third teaching visit, and I was looking forward to seeing old friends, making a few new ones, and I was not disappointed.

After a long day traveling I arrived in glorious sunshine and almost summer like temperatures, being greeted by my friend Renate with big open arms. I can’t describe the warm and fuzzy feeling I get when I touch down in my homeland, knowing that I will be spending time doing what I like best, teaching some wonderful new techniques to eager students.

We started setting up Renate’s stall that first evening, finishing off first thing the next morning…

here it is in all it’s glory, with Renate eager to get started.

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I had a little wonder to see what other eye-candy I could find and to say hello to many friends from years passed.

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One of the highlights was meeting Konrad and Ute, two Rowan Yarn Ambassadors in person. We had become friends over Facebook and our blogs, but this was to be our first meeting in person. What fun to learn that both were going to take part in one of my workshops, truly wonderful. Lovely to catch up with what goes on in the world of Rowan Yarn (I used to work for them until I went free-lance), and fun to have these two very accomplished knitters join in the fun of crochet.

 

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Here we are after the workshop having had a wonderful time (Ute on the left, Konrad and I).

Time, as always, went far too quickly. Before I knew it I was back on the train and then plane homeward bound. Many happy memories came with me and can be treasured until next time.

I leave you with this happy photo of four ladies from the USA. Two are living in Stuttgart and the other two had travelled especially at this time not to miss this wonderful yarny experience. How amazing is that!

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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. Enjoy!

X.

 

my week away

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There has been a distinctive absence as of late by me writing and keeping you up to date on here, but as you may recall, I have been away on a little jolly with three of my friends.

We have been to the French Alps, where one of my friends has a Chalet, similar to this.

Chalet

It’s in a beautiful small town called Chatel, in the Portes du Soleil region, and very close to the Swiss border.

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Chatel

We had a very relaxing week, spending good quality time together as only girls can do. Our days were filled  with brisk walks, knitting/crochet time, good food and wine, and all that in the most stunning and awe-inspiring mountain scenery that surrounded us.

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We must have been good girls, as the weather gods were kind to us the whole time we were there. Blue skies greeted us every day, and most days we did not need to wear our warm insulated clothes when sitting outside enjoying a coffee or long leisurely lunches.

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Inspired by all this beauty around me, I felt so uplifted that I managed to be quite productive during the week, making a few decorative things for the Chalet…

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Doilies

Garland


A Garland

…and starting a Hexagon project, more in another post later this year.

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Hexagon Project

As always, when having fun, the week flew by, and before we knew it we were back in the UK. Normal life has resumed and I had better get my act together and start working on projects for my up-coming workshops in Germany (details in the side bar).

What have you been up to?

Are you enjoying lovely sunshine where you are?

Enjoy! x

 

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