Benediktbeuern…what fun we had!

September 24, 2007 @ 10:59 am
posted by kris
Filed under: misc


(l-r) cashyie, ms. b, deknit, fbz, elem, tini – click for more pics!

Do ya think I have enough yarn?

So this past weekend, we had our Knitters Uncensored sleepover at Benediktbeuern. On Friday night, at around 10pm, I decided that I wanted to make everyone some project bags. Yeah, great idea. It was the most badly sewn things I have ever made. And when it was 5 am, I decided that I had to cut corners if I was going to finish. So instead of covering up the seams like I normally do, I just did an overlock stitch, which isn’t as pretty, but it gets the job done. I got 8 done and 4 not quite done, but 8 was enough. I was tired, it was 6am. I told my husband to wake me up at 9am so at least I got a couple of hours of sleep.

We all met up at the main train station – we had some out of town guests – Tini, Fbz and deknit. I met fbz before at the spring market (notice how she only comes when the Wollmeise is at a market?), but it was a first to meet Tini and deknit. Tini, if you remember, was my SP10 downstream and deknit was fbz’s upstream. How cool it is for Secret Pals to meet! EVERYONE was awesome, and it was really, really cool to hang out with knitterly folk.

We had to transfer trains in Tutzing, and because the first train was late, we had to wait an hour for the 2nd train. No problem, everyone just whipped out their knitting! It was sooooo cool to knit en masse. We got lots of stares as well as compliments.

We finally arrived and had problems contacting the person so that we can check into the ZUK (hostel). But finally, the guy came and we got our rooms. Man, they were HUGE rooms and only 30eur per person. I shared a room with Victor because we both snore. We all dumped our bags and then ran over to see the Wollmeise and Yarnissima. Since I helped them set up the booth the day before, I had my first choice of yarn and man, that was bad. I bought 6 6-ply, 7 sock, 5 worsted weights and one laceweight. Ohhhh… Some of them are for swaps and gifts, so not all mine. Sniff… But still, serious damage!

But everyone else combed through her stuff. She had 3 large baskets full of “versuchskanninchen”, which are ones that she played around with the colors – so you can get things that are unique and no one else will have it. Then we all split up and roamed around the other booths. We were also joined by Andrea (Das Schneeschaf) and her boyfriend. During dinner, she whipped out her stock of Marisilk and everyone gasped and ran over. Her boyfriend was laughing and was so embarrassed about how everyone was oooohing and ahhhhing. Like we care what he thinks!!! :) I came away with 2 gorgeous skeins!!!

The market itself wasn’t very big (or as big as I had envisioned it in my mind), but it was full of interesting (and very expensive) things. Felting is huge here. Not knit felting, but needle felting and what not. They even had some kids workshops where they made some felted flowers. There was a woman who was dyeing her yarn there in a huge kettle – she was using plant dyes. There were also spinning demonstrations, which one woman told fbz that she should just stop trying and take a class (the nerve!).

That night we all came into our room and had a really loud get together. We were supposed to have a sock design workshop with Yarnissima, but well, she was tired from having worked the whole day and we were all distracted by yarns and just chit chatting. So she just said a little bit of history of how it all started. Oh, and she unveiled her “Fratello” pattern, which was my super secret knit project. I test knitted it for her and it is a great sock. Very masculine and perfect for my husband. Sadly, I knitted up one side and have to still do the other. The yarn is an exclusive color from the Wollmeise, so contact Yarnissima for more info. The kit (pattern + yarn) is only 25 eur. Or if you want just the pattern, it is 6 eur.

The alcohol flowed freely. We had Whiskey, Williams grappa, Raspberry vodka, Proseco (sp?), cosmopolitains, etc. We were all drunk and knitting or spinning. Everyone went to bed at around 12:30 or so and me and Cashyie stayed up later drinking even more. We laughed and laughed and laughed, and then we went out to the train station to buy her train ticket. We had a nice drunken adventure. I can’t even remember what we were laughing about. Geez. I remember that we thought it was funny that the Germans in the group were talking in English to each other, even if no one was around. But I think that was pre-alcohol.

The next day, we all rolled out of bed and got breakfast. It was in a completely different building far away and I was so confused about finding it. I eventually did though. Then we just hung out knitting and had one last look around. I got some rosewood and ebony Holz und Stein needles. I’ve heard good things about them and wanted to try them out. But you know what? As I was knitting with them, I really missed my Knit Picks pointy points and the join on them wasn’t good for doing magic loop. It’s ok though, I’m getting through it. They would be really nice for anything other than socks, which defeats the whole purpose. The woman I bought it from said that the company is forcing her to up her price from 9,90 to 15,00!!! So she is selling out her “old” stock at the “old” price. So of course I had to buy it right? Also, you can’t buy these over the internet, or at least that’s what she said. And I think she’s right because I haven’t found any online vendor yet.

I was also supposed to meet my friend Linnea on Sunday, but I couldn’t find her. I didn’t write down her cell number and I wasn’t sure if she had mine. We should’ve confirmed up the details BEFORE I left. DOH! Linnea, I am so sorry if I missed you and hope you had a great time watching Sting! :)

We all said our goodbyes at the train station and everyone went their separate ways. Except for deknit who is staying with me for a few more days. It is Oktoberfest, after all! Thanks to everyone who came out to join us! I had a blast and want to do it again next year!!!

Comments (15)

15 Comments

Comment by Bobbi

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

Sounds like a GREAT weekend!!! (I’m slightly jealous.)

Comment by Shannon

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 2:53 pm

I’m really jealous! Sounded like a blast!

Comment by stacey

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

To stick with the theme I am TOTALLY jealous:) I can’t wait to see the fratello kit with special yarn – can’t wait to see it in my mailbox that is! Only 6 more days til Wollmeise re-opens:) Glad you had so much fun!

Comment by stacey

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 3:34 pm

wow. look at all that yarn – it sounds like you had a great time!

Comment by Auntlyh H

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

Sigh. I so should have been there. When are they going to figure out apparation or port keys?

Comment by Maria

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

So that’swhere Tini has been al week-end :-)
It sounds like a great week-end!!

Comment by tini

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm

oooh we had a great time although I do look awefull in nearly every picture!

Comment by Katie

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

So jealous too. Jealous of all the Wollmeise love. Elemm always looks so cheery in all the pictures. It makes me laugh. Can’t wait to see what you knit up!

Comment by shadkitty

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 5:51 pm

That sounds like a smashing good time! I wish I could come party it up with all of you! It would be awesome. Friends, alcohol, yarn, and needles! What else do you need?

Comment by wendee

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

Sounds delightful. Judging from some of those pics, you had a hellava party! Nice job in cranking out some last minute gifts!

Comment by projektleiterin

Made on Monday, September 24th, 2007 @ 7:48 pm

You can order Holz & Stein needles directly from their website: http://www.holz-und-stein.de and they will charge you nearly 15 € for it. I also bought some needles at the market, who could resist them at 9.90 €.

Comment by fbz

Made on Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 @ 12:03 am

oh my gosh i had SO much fun! let’s do it again sooner than a year from now please! and no i don’t just come for claudia’s yarn, you all are so much fun to hang with!

Comment by deknit

Made on Thursday, September 27th, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

i have to agree! i had so much fun as well! so great to meet everyone. we should totally have a “knitters uncensored tour norddeutschland” or something the like in the (near) future.

Comment by Cat

Made on Friday, September 28th, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

What a wonderful weekend!!!! So glad you all had a great time! Can’t wait to hear more about it on the podcast!!

Comment by WonderMike

Made on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007 @ 3:25 am

Looks like you KOOOKS had a lovely weekend. Color me extremely jealous! And as for October TASTE OF GERMANY…. ME, ME, ME!!!!



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