Markus and I just returned this past week from our trip to Germany. We had a great time visiting his parents, sister and spouse, and friends. The hard part about living across the ocean from family is that years seem to pass between visits. Hopefully it won’t be another 5 years before we can visit them again.
Me: Hey, I just came back from Germany. Wanna see my vacation photos?
You: Ummm, actually no, I don’t want-
Me: Nonsense! Of course you do! Los geht’s!
We stayed with Markus’ sister and Michaela who live in a beautiful new house just outside of my very favorite city, Regensburg.
The Donau river, Steinerne Brücke and Dom St. Peter from the Eiserner Steg at night.
Jutta and me on the Steinerne Brücke.
We went to a lot of cafes and restaurants. Markus and me at Kona Coffee Garden.
We also had a relaxing stay with Markus’ parents in Crailsheim.
Markus’ mom looking lovely in the Alcea shawl I knit for her.
We took an afternoon trip to the fairytale town of Dinkelsbühl.
Buildings across the street from Saint George’s Minster cathedral.
The Wolle Rödel yarn store in Crailsheim. The yarn stores in the cities we visited were somewhat disappointing to me (except for one very, very awesome store). It appeared that most yarn stores basically sold 2-3 brands of yarn: Regia sock and Lana Grossa, and in the case of Wolle Rödel, their own brand of Wolle Rödel yarn. Nothing really very unique or fun. I guess having Natural Stitches as my LYS has spoiled the heck out of me.
Then we took a trip to the Schoppel Wolle flagship store, makers of the Crazy Zauberball.
Behind this unassuming facade lies my second favorite yarn store ever. I just about fainted when I walked in the store, and spent almost 2 hours browsing the vast array of yarns and spinning fibers. The store’s main room contains shelves filled floor to ceiling with Zauberball, Admiral sock, Pur, Cashmere Queen, Raggae, spinning fibers, etc. Then… there’s a back room filled with pre-packaged skeins of mill ends that were priced way below retail. O.M.G.
We even met Herr Schoppel himself! He was very nice and took us on a private tour of the factory. He showed us some Raggae yarn on giant cones being wound into 50g balls, combed spinning fibers in big barrels waiting to be packaged, and various monstrous machines for processing yarn of all sorts. If you’re ever anywhere near Wallhausen, Germany, I highly recommend making a stop at this store. And yes, I did buy a lot of stuff there. But seriously, 3 balls of Zauberball mill ends for 6 Euros? How could I resist?
Then I came home to this:
My Pinkerton shawl has made it to #5 in the list of “new and popular” patterns in Ravelry. Eeep!! I wore my purple Pinkerton almost every day in Germany and got quite a few compliments on it. I wore it wrapped around my neck with the lace point in front and it was all warm, soft and cozy. Didn’t match my red coat but whatever.
And now we’re home and it’s back to the daily grind…