Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Germany Experience (Pt. 1)

Germany was fun. The rumors about yarn in grocery stores are true! I bought sock yarn at a grocery store, and I think American grocery stores could attract an even bigger number of knitters than they already do. Yes, we all need food, but what would happen if the knitter went to a grocery stores for her occasional yarn emergency? The economic possibilities are mind-blowing.

Some things, on the other hand, are mind-boggling. When I got to the Frankfurt Airport at 5:30 AM local time, I had to go through the psychadelic tunnel of weirdness. Note how long it is. The lights change as you gently roll along on the slow-moving walkway, and strange sounds enhance the utterly surreal atmosphere. Just what you want to see after an already disorienting transatlantic flight! Oh, and look at the length of this hallway. Your psychedelic tunnel experience will take a good 5+ minutes even if you walk fairly quickly. What genius thought changing lights and strange zoioioing sounds were exactly what the tired and disoriented international traveler needs???

But all in all, much fun was had. My sister has a whole series of family pictures that won't be available until she gets back from Thailand in about two weeks, but I'll make sure to post some of the good ones then. My friend Linda forgot to take pictures on the day I forgot to bring my camera (and besides being generally creepy, we are friends because we have occasional flaky tendencies!), so no pictures there.

But here are some German knitters. Jeannine knitting a sock, and


Silke knitting the inevitable Mother-in-law scarf. Who hasn't made one of those? With fun fur?


We had a fun sock knitting get-together. One of her Main Coon Cats really enjoyed it too. Here's the boy kitten checking out the yarn. He is so cute! That's really good for him because otherwise, chewing up Silke's sock yarn could have been a problem.


The only thing I regret is that I was a little too early for the Wave Gotik Treffen, a 4 day goth extravaganza in Leipzig. Maybe next year or the year after that, Linda and I will be able to go again.

More pictures are coming soon, including those of the beautiful socks Jespere sent me and of my yarn purchases. Needless to say, I came back with significantly more yarn than I left with.

21 comments:

Bezzie said...

Ooo! Weird! My SIL just got back from Germany on Thursday flying out of Frankfurt too. Can't wait to see your pics!

Susann said...

That tunnel in Frankfurt is definitely weird. Glad to read that you had fun and positive yarn experience.

Zonda said...

Welcome back!! Look forward to more pictures! :)

Jessica said...

HAHA. That tunnel reminds me of a futuristic Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. LOL. It looks like you had fun though. Welcome back!!

TheKnittingBee said...

Sounds like you had a great time! And such a beautiful kitty :)

I went to the Treffen in 2005, and absolutely loved it. My friends have been going for years, but I haven't made it since due to a total lack on money - I'm hoping I can make it next year!

Carina said...

Yay! I've missed you! I'm so glad you're back safe and sound and had such a good time. Yarn in grocery stores! Amazing.

sgeddes said...

Glad you had a good trip and you made it back home!

I look forward to part 2!

Not just another said...

Welcome back! You were missed!

cpurl17 said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had fun and hung out with some cool knitters!

Frankfurt tunnel = strange!

weezalana said...

Looks like they should be playing techno in Club Tunnel, there!

Yarn in grocery stores. Wow. I'm thinking we should move to Germany...

IrishgirlieKnits & PashyKnits said...

Welcome back batty! We missed you!! Yarn in grocery stores...heaven!! Maybe then I would skip the bakery aisle?! Can't wait to see more pictures (and yarny goodness!).

Cynthia said...

Sounds like it really was a good time!!
I love that airport... isn't there a subway station somewhere around that has similar futuristic decorating?

Yarn in grocery stores... I'm lucky here to find a yarnstore at all. No fair :/

Poops said...

Glad to have you back! Can't wait to read more about the big trip!

Ari said...

Having yarn in grocery stores might make that debate -- yarn or food more difficult to figure out.

chemgrrl said...

Yay, Batty's back! We missed you.

Did you happen to get a picture of the fabled yarn in the grocery store? That would certainly silence the unbelievers.

Rain said...

Woah that tunnel is freaky! It sounds like you had a great time. Good to see you back though.

cathy said...

That tunnel is wierd. I'm glad you had fun in Germany :)

Linnea said...

Batty, you were missed! Welcome back! Can't wait to see the pictures of all your yarn.

That tunnel is awful, isn't it? Well, either awful or totally fascinating. I can't decide which.

You know, I see us in a cottage, too. Small and cozy is much more to our taste than large and showy in the Aspen kind of way. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I guess any initial feelings of jealousy that I had soon gave way to a sort of bewilderment before realizing that something that seems really foreign to me is completely natural for someone else. It was an interesting little exercise in "peel away outer snarky layers and figure out what's really going on." But I digress. Completely.

Again, looking forward to seeing all the suitcases full of delicious yarn! You should definitely come back for the Wool/Textile/Fiber/Linnea Can't Translate German Festival in Munchen this September - which happens to coincide with a concert that The Police are giving... Swoon!

KNIT A NEW DREAM said...

So glad you are home and had a great time! I missed you! Sue

Larjmarj said...

Welcome back!!
Sock yarn in the grocery store?
That would get my business.
There is a similar tunnel at the Detroit Metro international terminal.
Psychedelic!!

Dipsy said...

It was so interesting to read through your "German impressions"! Yep, the yarn in the grocery store-thing is awesome, ain't it? We got that here too and mind you, when I go grocery shopping, I can hardly ever resist taking some yarn with me too ;) It's not the best yarn though, but it's cheap and nice for small projects, isn't it?
My gosh, I so remember this terrible tunnel thing in Frankfurt Airport - I have a real phobia of tunnels, and this one with these horrible lighting (psychedelic indeed) sure made things worse. When I got through that thing, I felt like falling on my knees and kissing the ground. What a nightmare!