Friday, May 22, 2015

Favorites Friday: German Knits

Greetings from Tübingen Germany! It's been a long week with travel and work, but I'm finally catching up. Fortunately just in time for Favorites Friday, which will appropriately be German-themed.  First, let me set the scene...

The view of some mountains from behind the guest house I'm staying in.
View of the river in the downtown Tübingen.

Sunset behind my work building.

Quaint little cafe in downtown :) Maybe I'll have a coffee from there just to see if it tastes the same, but for now I'm enjoying my  espressos and cappuccinos. 

These are just the few pictures I've taken so far. Trust me there will be more. The one thing I like about Germany is that it is still quite traditional. All shops are closed on Sunday and typically closed during lunch hours as well. In Bavaria, which I visited during my last trip, women still wear dirndls on a daily basis (think women at Octoberfest). So this week, I picked out two traditional German-themed favorites for this week.

Traveling Stitch Legwarmers by Lisa R. Meyers

The Traveling Stitch Legwarmers are tight-fitting legwarmers with an intricate pattern of made with twisted stitches. This style is very common in Bavaria (Southwest Germany) and Austria, either on sweaters or high socks (again, think men at Octoberfest). I love the idea of wearing these with leggings and an oversized sweater for fall.

Frosted Ferns Doily by Herbert Niebling

Who doesn't love Herbert Niebling lace? Most of his lace patterns are in German, but the few on ravelry with English translations are all in my favorites, including this Frosted Ferns Doily. This is one pattern that I REALLY hope to get around to making, because I think it would look so pretty on dining table. Michael and I don't have a dining table in our apartment yet, so that means I still have some time to make one!

Frosted Ferns Doily by Herbert Niebling

I hope to dedicate most of my time this Memorial Day weekend to knitting. I'll admit I've been slacking the past few days on my Caramel Cardigan. More progress (and pictures) next week!