Thursday, September 8, 2011

if you happen to find yourself in copenhagen...

Fabulous kits and yarns may be purchased at Uldstedet i City, Fiolstraede 13, which has a large selection of Isager, Garn Studio, and Gepard yarns plus kits from Hanne Falkenberg and Helga Isager. The shop also stocks prefab felted wool slippers with leather soles, a must have even if one does knit since street shoes and boots are not worn at home. Anyway, felted slippers with hand knit socks are so much warmer, and one uses less energy for heating. Sommerflyglen, located at Vandkunsten 3, stocks knitting, embroidery, and quilting materials, with yarns spun just for them.


above: Chrisiania district in Copenhagen where hand made is the dominant ethic
below: Ebeltoft pedestrian quarter where Balleby Garn & Strik is located





above: Bente Geil's gillet design 
below: Bente Geil's home


Christiania, the large counterculture community in the center of the city dates from the 1960's, where rioting color and handmade homes and gardens vie for attention. Amergatov Square is nearby, where knitters from the country once plied their wares. A small market in Christiania sometimes has hand knits, but made in Latin America rather than local, although there is a charming craft shop and gallery in Christiania.


Christiania even developed its own industry, production of specially designed bicycles with attached carts, and these are often seen on the streets of Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Fashion week occurs annually in early February and August; knitwear is often a large component on the catwalks, and several designers, especially Iben Høj work only with knits. http://www.ibenhoej.com/ and see: http://www.copenhagenfashionweek.com/ 

After shopping at various independent boutiques, especially Sabine Poupinel on Kronprinsensgade who stocks Gudrun og Gudren among others, and Sjaler Tekstil Galleriet specializing in hand knit and woven scarves and shawls, essential to staying warm regardless of the season, try the smørrebrød or open face sandwiches at the cafe, Domhuskaeldernat at Nytorv 5.




The Kunstindustrimuseet/Industrial Arts Museum is a fabulous resource for antique laces where an entire room is devoted to this art. If you are interested in more recent vintage, check out Ca Roule Ma Moule on Silkegade frequently patronized by Lene Nystrøm, vocalist for the band Aqua. Atelier Decor on Rømersgade features 20th century fashion, and numerous antique shops have moved into Ravnsborgde in the Nørrebro district, the current "Latin Quarter." 

ecomodista is having problems with posted comments, so this one has been incormporated into the text:


9/6/2011

I love this blog! I really enjoy reading about European Knitting and the cities, towns and villages from where it originates. I love how you have combined the idea of travel and knitting together. 

Have you ever thought of putting a trip together to some of these destinations - for other knitters? 

DRB 








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