Saturday, 28 April 2012

After Amsterdam

I had *such* a lovely time! The people were really friendly and the weather wasn't so bad and I ate soooo much and saw some amazing things. I don't really know where to start so here is a random splurge of highlights.

Endless canals, bicycles and bridges.
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Pondering life from the water on a canal tour.
Visiting the newly opened Tulip Museum.
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Bags ancient to modern at the Bag Museum - this one is a sewing set and was about 5" high. So desirable.
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Kitchy souvenirs.
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AWESOME knitting shops. At Penelope Craft she could see I was having trouble deciding between colourways and offered me the use of her mac to look at my ravelry queue. Now that is someone who understands their customers.
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Discovering some new filters on my camera that make it seem less gloomy and rainy than it was.
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The Kattenkabinet (Cat Museum) with paintings by Picasso as well as more contemporary pieces.
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And then there were the tulips.
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I spent a morning at the Keukenhof Gardens and it was just incredible. Millions of the little buggers, which are my favourite flower.
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They were arranged in every possible combination and there were hundreds of varieties.
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I am so glad I went.
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Plus a very nice woman took a picture of me standing in a giant clog.
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If you happen to like tulips as much as I do then there are about 120 more photos of them here.

I've got lots more I could share but that's enough for now.

My knitting while I was away was mainly the ripple socks of doom. I talked about them in my last post. I'm about 2/3 done on the second sock and have run out of the contrast yarn and am about to run out of the main yarn too. I think I may just frog and give it up.
They're pretty ugly. So in lieu of those I started a free Drops pattern where you knit the sole of the socks first and the whole thing is done in garter stitch.
I rather like them and it makes a change from magic loop.

I leave you with two of my souvenirs. Someone on twitter thought these were actually wooden ones.
Clog slippers
I assure you they're not. The second is rather more tasteful.
My littlest sister brought me back a smaller one of these after a visit to Amsterdam a few years ago which has sat ever since in my pen pot at work. These ones are for me at home. I'm now wishing I had bought 3 times as many but I'd run out of money. I guess I'll just have to go back again...

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