The pink buds are opening.

Pink BloomsMore Pink Blooms

As are the yellow. But they aren’t –
Not Yellow Blooms

yellow that is.

The S1 from Heidelberg to Landstuhl goes through valleys and the Pfalzischer Wald. Trees, old mountain peaks, and streams dotted with small towns. The two plaques guard the door to the Bahnhof, just so that you know where you are.
Plaque at the BahnhofPlaque at the Bahnhof


With all that time on the train, I finished the Sea Dragons. Ankle sock length again. It makes the tops just spin by, but the foot then feels like it takes forever.
Sea Dragons Completed
60 stitches around. Pattern repeat is 6 stitches across and 14 rows long. needles 2,5 Colonial Rosewoods (I love the sharp points)

Between Neustadt and Ludwigshafen while talking to a wonderful woman and her son, I cast on for a pair of Chain Link Socks out Monarch Sock Yarn – Hott colorway from Angora Valley. I absolutely adore this yarn. It is high twist with little of the blur out that some dyers seem to have. The colors are intense and pure – even in the lighter coloured skeins of which I have several. And her pricing is great.
Chain Link Socks started
Now that I am home, it is back to the Sockapalooza. And hope at 81 I am that sharp, with good conversational skills and a memory full of history coupled with the ability to make it come alive for others. Even if we (her son and I ) could not convince her that the German word for gasoline or petrol – Benzin – hat keinem Zusammenhang mit dem Motorenbauer Carl Benz.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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4 Responses to Blooming

  1. Gosh it’s ages since I’ve been on that road from Heidelberg to Landstuhl… must have been student days.

    And I’m a total fan of Colonial Rosewoods as well. Using a thicker pair at the moment for the denim sweater and they move like rich warm velvet.

    Are you sure you’re signed up to enough sock groups? Wouldn’t want you to run short.

  2. Marie says:

    I really enjoy reading your blog. I used to live in Germany and you sort of bring it back to me even though I left there in 88. Heidelburg was one of my favorite places to visit.

  3. Laura says:

    Just popped my head in again, and I can’t believe your knitting speed! You’re going great guns on those socks! Amazing!

    Enjoy Landstuhl! Maybe one day I can get assigned to Germany……

  4. Kristin L says:

    Benzin and Carl Benz — now that’s a connection I never thought to make. It’s a great concept — too bad it isn’t the real root of the word.

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