Knitting handspun socks in Switzerland

June 14, 2008 @ 1:39 pm
posted by kris

So we’ve had a traumatic past couple of days. Thursday afternoon, we headed out on a train to Chur (me, husband and boys). My parents left early in the morning so they were already there. It’s a long story about a car that has been in the shop for 4 weeks as to why we didn’t leave all together. Anyways, the train ride was actually pleasant, the boys did great.

The boys have been potty trained for about a month now and have been doing so very well. Hardly any accidents and if it did happen, it would happen during their nap. Bathrooms on the train really aren’t great for beginning potty trained boys. One of them did fine, but Elijah got totally freaked out by the weird toilet and how it moved. I think this really scarred him for life and he didn’t want to use a toilet after that – even the ones in the train station and in our hotel. So we put him in diapers again. He always wants to wear underwear but then when he realizes that means going to the toilet, he starts screaming and crying. Ugh. Today Michael bought a kids toilet seat – you know, the kind that fits over the toilet so it’s smaller and he is finally comfortable enough to use it.

We got a rude introduction to Switzerland! When we got to Chur, it was surprising at how expensive everything is. Thank goodness my parents were there to warn us. We knew it would be expensive, but I don’t think we were quite prepared. One swiss franc is about the same as one US dollar. We paid close to $40 for a McDonalds meal for 2 adults and 2 kids. Wow. We also booked a cheap room (at least in Chur – it was $130 a room) and it was in the middle of all these strip clubs and bars. How embarrassing it was to be walking with 2 kids and your parents with pictures of these naked ladies everywhere. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. The next day we took the Glacier Expess train to Zermatt and it was a really great train ride (but OH MY GOD expensive)

Zermatt was so much nicer and everything is clean and there are no cars (except for these little electric cars). Our room is amazing and surprisingly not that expensive. Off of our balcony we have an incredible view of the Matterhorn and the weather is PERFECT! We have a kitchen here so we plan to cook as much as possible to save on the costs.

So anyways, that was my rant about Switzerland. On to knitting! I finished spinning the skein of CMF superwash merino in San Francisco and I was so-so about it. It wasn’t as thin as I would’ve liked it and also I wasn’t sure about the colors, they kind of went everywhere. I decided to knit Michael socks with it anyways (and he saw the colors and thought it was ok), and I LOVE THEM SO MUCH. The transformation that handspun makes from yarn to sock is amazing. Oh, it is so awesome. I wish I could take a picture of it, but sadly, internet connection here costs money (of course) and the computer that works with the internet connection doesn’t have a port that fits the memory card. Argh. I’ll take pictures and post them later. I am making a plain stockinette foot with a 2×2 rib leg and an afterthought heel. I never made those heels before so I thought I should try it.

Other than that, I am missing my spinning (no wheel for 1 whole week!) but have my handspun socks and Fiddleheads to keep me company among the mountains!

Oh yeah, today is WWKIP day, I’m going to try and knit outside awhile. But it’s kinda sad that I’ll be by myself. There is a yarn shop here, I’ll have to find it! :)

Comments (8)


Comment by Barb

Made on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 1:20 am

Oh the trauma of potty training. My oldest had a similar problem and held out until he was 3.5 yo. When it was time he was fine in a day:)

Comment by Katie

Made on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 1:54 am

Can’t wait to see the handspun socks!

Comment by Opal

Made on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 8:44 am

Can’t wait to see the CMF! Did you get my email about the swap?

Comment by Jennie

Made on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

Dang that’s one crazy trip girl! Your poor lil’ ones. :( I’m glad all is well.

Comment by Ãœhltje

Made on Sunday, June 15th, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

Switzerland is expensive indeed, but oh so beautiful. We are going there in 11 days and are planning to go to Interlaken and perhaps to Chur as well. We have bought the Swiss pass for the duration of our stay, so we will be able to travel through the country by train, bus and boat and get a discount on cable cars and the really expensive trains like the one to the Jungfraujoch (won’t be doing that actually) Ooh, I’m getting very excited just thinking about it. Please post pictures?

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

Oh you’re away…didn’t know that. Sorry, got my head stuck in my thesis for the past couple of weeks.

Anyway, yeah, Switzerland is expensive.

Well, hope to hear all about it when you guys are back!

Comment by Katia

Made on Thursday, June 19th, 2008 @ 3:22 pm

I am living in Switzerland for 40 years now (since the day I was born, actually) – and I never was on the Jungfraujoch neither took the Glacier Express or visited Zermatt – this are the most expensive spots in Switzerland!

I am sorry to hear of your experiences in Chur. I didn’t even know there are Strip Clubs there – Chur always looked quite “innocent” to me ;-).

Greetings from Switzerland, Katia

Comment by Jess

Made on Friday, June 20th, 2008 @ 10:15 pm

I hope you knitted loud and proud all by yourself! I missed WWKIP day myself. I’m hoping to get a group together here to knit in one of the touristy spots downtown next weekend. Have a safe trip home.

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