September 4, 2008

Behind the scenes

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 03:26

There has been some actual knitting going on, too, you know. I started Heidi‘s wedding shawl about a week ago… this is strictly air conditioned knitting for the moment.

…and with the yarn I picked up in Amsterdam, I started a sock.

The yarn is Regia Design Line by Kaffe Fassett in colourway 4451. Speaking of Kaffe Fassett, I witnessed his range of yarns for Rowan in the flesh: they are much, much yummier than any shade card can do justice to.

Even though we just arrived in Bangkok, the first thing we’re going to do is book tickets out of here! Chiang Mai is top of our list so we’re going to head out now to the train station and book the overnight train for Sunday. As for later, we’ll probably swing by the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho and pick up some less glaringly obvious western clothes at the Khao San market. Back later with sunburn and fisherman pants!

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September 1, 2008

All clogs are off

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 18:45

It makes me sad that all people know Amsterdam for is the Red Light District. We took a brief walk through it but have been happily enjoying all the other beautiful and unique things the city has to offer.

There are interesting details in almost all aspects of metalwork throughout the city. From what we saw in the Rijksmuseum, this seems to be in keeping with their marvellous tradition of silversmithing.

We have been exceptionally lucky with the weather. Yesterday, it was sunny all day so in the evening, we had a picnic in Vondel Park, just like everybody else!

Today, we rented bicycles and covered a lot of ground. We cycled in a large ring around the city centre. The Botanical Gardens were our first stop.

I probably should tell you that we were in a glasshouse that bred butterflies! I was surprised how tame they were… I was able to go right up beside most of them.

After a quick visit to the modern art museum, we cycled back by De Afstap. A beautiful shop, it stocked an impressive array of Rowan yarns and needlework supplies.

Along the same canal is Knopenwinkel. As you can probably guess, it is a button shop! I spied it on the canal tour we took and looked it up later.

We are off to Bangkok tomorrow. We stop for half a day in Helsinki but are as yet unsure of whether we will have enough time to venture into the city. I’m not looking forward to the long flight but I have plenty of warm memories from Amsterdam to keep me going!

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August 30, 2008

On the road again

Filed under:News!,Travel — Aileen @ 15:57

I did say I was going to Thailand but we’re stopping off in a place or two along the way. Amsterdam’s our first stop and I thought it hilarious that the first thing I saw were these:

…because I know a lot of knitters are headed to the Electric Picnic this weekend. There was even a discussion on Ravelry about wellies.

There are lots of things I love about Amsterdam. Van Gogh inspired gardens on the street.

Double vowels and amazing 18th century buildings that lean. I kid you not: these guys are built on stilts and lean so much they put wedges between them.

There is a lot of beautiful iron work…

…and a LOT of bicycles. I don’t just mean that there are a lot lying around – there are a lot being ridden. At high speed. In their millions. It is wonderful to be in a city where the cyclist is king…

…and queen.

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