Friday, May 25, 2007

SP 10 questions

I am participating in the SP10 swap, and our host Bobbi asked us to answer some questions about traveling and knitting.

1) What do you pack to knit?

On a short trip I always pack something mindless, mostly socks. On a longer trip, I would pack socks and something more complicated, but still light-weight. Lace qualifies for this. In the summer 2005 I spent 2 weeks in Stockholm, and I knitted the Mystery Stole 1. Last summer, we went camping in the south of France, and I knitted Mystery Stole 2 - with yarn I bought in Stockholm the summer before that. When I was in France, I had to find an internet access to download the next clue of the Mystery stole. There was this teenager at the campsite that helped me download and print the pattern. I have never really explained what I was printing exactly. Just told him it was 'très important'.

(you can still buy the Mystery Stoles patterns from Melanie at

2) What do you hope to shop for?

I would have said 'sock yarn' before. It makes a nice souvenir, and you don't have to buy lots. And in a next face I would have said 'lace yarn', something that is very hard to get here locally. But the thing is, I am not sure that I am a true lace knitter. Now I would say 'something unique' - and by that I mean 'something I cannot get in Belgium'. I love yarns from local spinners, or something really luxurious, like one ball of cashmere or silk.

3) Assume that you will be gone for ten days to someplace "foreign" that is known for having great knitting locations. (Bonus: Where would you go on a "knitting holiday"?)

I guess I have already answered that in my previous post : Scandinavia ! There are so many knitting traditions there, and knitting is still very much alive. I am looking forward to my trip this summer, where I will visit all Scandinavian capitals. You can read more about it at Tips for meeting up with local knitters, or good yarn shopping are still welcome !


AnneV said...

Hi! Here are couple of yarn shops in Copenhagen, and I hope you don't mind if I mention your request on a Finnish knitting-related mailing list. The girls in and around Helsinki make yarn-crawl trips to Estonia as well, so you should get some valuable tips.

But first, here's Copenhagen:

The first, Sommerfuglen, is supposed to be the biggest and the best. The second and the third are really close to each other, so it's easy to check them both. If you're looking for something a bit more special, I guess Uldstedet has the capacity to surprise. Sommerfuglen sells the biggest international brands, and Strikkeboden carries Anny Blatt and Noro, among others, but Uldstedet seems to opt for smaller and less known manufacturers.

Bobbi said...

Sounds like fun!!! Thanks for the link.