Above is a photo of my stash enhancement from the trip to Zwolle yesterday. What’s in Zwolle you ask and why would anyone want to travel by bus and train with a gimpy knee and crutches to get there? If you are an American living near any major city you will just laugh at all the effort we go to just to make it to the Handwerkbeurs once or twice a year. The yarn choices are not great compared to any nice U.S. yarn shop, but hey, you enjoy what you have, right?
The Handwerkbeurs is held twice a year, once in the north of the country and once in the south, and is simply a weekend where all the crafty vendors around come and set up booths and sell their wares. The vast majority of stuff for sale has to do with quilting, which is HUGE in the Netherlands. There are also booths selling other needlework crafty items like cross stitch and felting. There’s also a big book seller there. This is the third year I’ve gone to Zwolle and I’m happy to report that the yarn and knitting booths get bigger and there are move of them every year. This is great news! The even better news is that you can now buy more than just sock yarn at the Handwerkbeurs and there is more variety and quality to be found.
My stash enhancement has only to do with baby sweater knitting. The above yarns will all be used for babies. I had to search hard to find suitable yarn for this purpose.
I also bought a lace blocking kit from those lovely and friendly people at Wolhemel. I also bought a book. It’s called Twisted-Stitch Knitting by Maria Erlbacher. It’s a stitch dictionary of traditional Austrian twisted stitch traveling patterns used in sweaters and knee-high socks worn with lederhosen or dirdl dresses. Beautiful stuff! It was originally a series of three books only in German but last year it was released in English and all together in one book.
Did I go alone? Of course not! If it wasn’t for my knitting buddies I wouldn’t have gone at all with this stupid knee. There were 10 of us in total. I only took a few photos. It was hard enough just to handle my backpack and my crutch and make my way through the crowds.
I was really tired when I got home. The knee did very well, but today, Sunday, I’m pretty tired still. Tomorrow I have to go back to work. We’ll see how that goes!
P.S. Malia asked someone there to take this photo of us and then she managed to “get” all of us in it.