Die Schwarzwald

I believe that the last travel post I wrote was relaying the beauty that we beheld in Garmisch. We had been told how amazing it was to visit the Bavarian Alps, but our expectations were far outweighed by what we actually saw. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to experience the wonderful sights that we have seen while living in Germany for this past year. Recently, we took a short weekend trip in die Schwarzwald, better know, auf Englisch, as the Black Forest. It’s such a different feeling knowing ahead of time that you are about to embark on a journey filled with beautiful views, than it is when you discover that beauty on your own. I don’t know what I was expecting when we set out of the Black Forest, but as we got closer, I just could not keep my eyes off the magnificent country that we were driving though. (And of course I have no photos of the country side, so you’ll just have to go visit for yourself!)

Our first stop was a glass blowing museum that I had heard about. The museum part was great, but the neat thing was, that they will let you blow your own glass vase for a small fee! It was kind of a silly thing to do, but we thought it would be fun. They have a man helping you, who actually does the majority of the work, but lets you put your own breath into making the vase.

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After they are finished, the vases need to rest for a little bit, but once they were ready we took them to a another person, who grinds down the opening to make it smooth and even.

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After that stop, we made the rest of our way into the town of Triberg. This village is known for it’s Cuckoo Clocks, and Deutschlands höchste Wasserfälle (Germany’s highest waterfall). So obviously we had to check those things off the list. But before getting to that, we just took a stroll around the town and found some lunch.

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After a little Cuckoo Clock shopping, we headed to the waterfall and did some hiking up and around it, which made for a lovely afternoon. The weather was friendly and the waterfall and hiking areas were very beautiful.

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That night, because when in Rome (or die Schwarzwald), we had Black Forest Ham, and Black Forest Cake for dinner.

We had planned to spend the following day in Freiburg, which is boasted to be the sunniest city in Germany. We did go, however, it was cloudy and raining… go figure. So we decided to cut the day short and head back home, which we decided was justified since the previous day was so successful.

There were a few things that we had planned to do in other areas of the Black Forest that we just didn’t get to. But we were very satisfied with our trip and will maybe go back one of these days to experience the beauty of the Black Forest again. And we did not go home empty handed…

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We are now the proud owners of this hand-carved original Black Forest Cuckoo Clock. If you are in the market for one, I highly recommend Oli’s Schnitzstube in Triberg. They make all their own clocks and the craftsmanship and customer service is amazing.

Well, bis zum nächsten mal (until next time)… Auf Wiedersehen! 

Random Retro Warp

Sometimes after weaving several scarves, I have lots of spools that have just a tiny bit of yarn left on them. I decided for my next two scarves that I needed to use up some of that yarn. While putting the colors together, I came up with a sort of retro themed color spectrum from my mostly used spools. I didn’t mean for it to happen like that, but once I started measuring out the yarn on my warping board, it all just started to make sense.

I really loved the color combination that came out of these two scarves and I had a lot of fun weaving them.

Here’s a few process photos…IMG_0577

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…and the finished scarves.

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To find these and more scarves visit my Etsy Shop!

Progress Through Instagram

Happy Monday.

It is all too often after I have finished a scarf, that I have a hard time figuring out where to begin for my next project. I gather inspiration from a myriad of places, and often one of those places is looking back over what I have made in the past. Sometimes it helps me work off of a certain idea and other times, it helps me to see a completely new and interesting direction to take.

All that to say, I have recently finished an idea that I was holding onto for a while, and now, I don’t know where to go from here. So, while I’m having a creative block kind of day, I will share with you the progress of one of my most recent scarves, through a series of Instagram photos.

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dressing the loom

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getting ready for the final tie on

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the first foot

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halfway

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the finished scarf

To see more behind the scenes weaving photos like these (and pictures of my cat), you can follow me on Instagram!

The Breathtaking Bavarian Alps and Neuschanstein Castle

When we started to tell folks that we were moving to Germany, we got a lot of the same responses and advice, especially from people who had been stationed here previously (which, by the way, was seriously great to hear some guidance and first hand experiences from other, so thanks to all of you!). One piece of advice that we received from just about everyone who had lived here, was to go to Garmisch.

Well you guys, we did it!

A few weeks ago we took a little “weekend” (it was not technically a weekend, but was essentially equivalent to one) trip to the little town of Garmisch that sits at the bottom of the Bavarian Alps. I have to tell you, this is one of the most peaceful and beautiful places I have ever experienced in my life.

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We took it easy for the first day and just enjoyed the town and the sites. The next day, I attempted skiing and ya know, sometimes things just aren’t your thing, and I’ll leave it at that. But C skied the whole day and really enjoyed himself, so it worked out well. The last day, on our way back home, we took a little detour to visit the Neuschanstein Castle. This Castle is the most famous in Germany and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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It is a massive structure; incredible inside and out. (Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside, so I don’t have any of those to share.)

And that, friends, was our short getaway to Garmisch. Here’s few more photos of our trip to round things up (about half of which C took while skiing).

Tschüss!

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A Scarf for My Main Little Man

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What a cutie, right? I have one nephew and one niece, each of whom steal my heart every time I set eyes on them. Sadly, we live so far away that I haven’t got to see them all too often in the past couple of years, so when this Aunt’s assistance is called upon, I just end up melting at their every requests.

My dear little nephew, who is now 4, called me a while back to make a simple request. He very politely asked me if I could make him a Mickey Mouse scarf. And so, for the first time, for his birthday last year, I wove a child’s size bamboo scarf in Mickey Mouse colors (which I took to be red, black, and white).

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Until that time I had never really thought about weaving children’s scarves, and they are still probably not something that I will add to my regular inventory. But it was fun to weave a scarf for my little man. And oddly enough, shortly after I finished his scarf, I had a custom order request for a girls child size scarf (which I will show you in a later post).

So all this to say, I now have children’s scarves in my wheelhouse of experience, and if you are interested in a scarf for a little person in your life, feel free to contact me about a custom order!

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And on a related note, if you would like a scarf of ANY different size, I am very willing to work with your requests. I know that some people like shorter scarves and others like extremely long scarves and I would be happy to make a custom size! The fringe I tie at the end of my scarves is optional as well in a custom order.

So please, if you are looking for something that you can’t seem to find in my shop, please contact me about a customer order and I would be more than happy to work with you to create that perfect scarf!

My Etsy shop: weavingandweather.etsy.com

My email address: weavingandweather@gmail.com

Custom Orders

When I start planning out a scarf, whether it is a custom order or just something I am making to add to my shop, my design and color combinations are often a gamble. I can sketch something 100 times and it may come out exactly as I planned or in some cases, better! Or, it can be a real dud. I always give a great deal of attention to what colors I use, how I put them together, and what pattern will fit with the feel of the design.

I am always so grateful and touched when someone requests a custom order, and I try my very hardest to produce what the customer requests. At the end of the year, I had a custom order for 2 neutral colored scarves. The first, for a woman, was to be lighter in color, mostly ivory, with a mix of browns and tans. The second scarf, for a man, was requested to be about 50% black, with tan and ivory running through it. The following photos are what I came up with. I was very happy with how the two turned out, but I can never be sure if my customers will have the same response to the work as I do (and if someone doesn’t I will ALWAYS be willing to create a redo). But pleasantly, my customer and I were on the same page, and her response to my work just filled my heart with joy! It’s moments like this, moments where someone truly appreciates and enjoys something that came off of my loom, that make me love what I do and thank God for giving me the ability to do it.

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End of the Year

So at the end of the year, WordPress sends you a link to this fun little stats page to review your year in blogging. And as I was checking out my stats for 2014, I realized that I kind of dropped off the face of the WordPress world for the last few months of the year. Although it is nice to see that some people actually read my blog every once in a while, I don’t particularly write posts so that I can see how many readers I can get; that’s just not what this blog was created for. It’s more so that I can track our journey through life and give anyone who wants it, a glimpse into what we are up to.

Since my husband and I jumped the broom 2 1/2 years ago, we have been farther and farther away from our loved ones than I ever imagined I would be. Thus, I wanted to start a blog so that if anyone wondered what we were up to way out here, then they could hop on over and read about our adventures. I suppose that means that I need to get better about writing about our adventures then, huh?

So here goes… a long overdue update of what’s been going on lately.

December in Germany is wonderful. When we first heard we were moving here, we decided that we wanted to stay in Germany for our first Christmas to experience how they celebrate the holiday. The thing that we enjoyed the most about this holiday season over here is the Christmas Markets. Almost any day that C had off work we would venture out to a new market. The Christmas markets consist of booths set up, usually in the city center or old town, where vendors are selling handmade Christmas decor, trinkets of all kinds, beautiful woodwork and pottery, a large variety of food and hot drinks, and so much more (depending on the size of the market).

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Christmas tree at the market in Strasbourg.

After the Christmas market season was over, we took a short trip down to Munich. The city is huge and there was so much to see and do, unfortunately we didn’t get to everything that we wanted to, because of time and weather, but it was still a great trip!

We started off our visit kind of on a somber note, by stopping by the Dachau Concentration Camp, just outside of Munich. It was definitely not a fun place to visit as it was very sad and surreal to see a place where such devastating events happened, but we felt like it was important to see. That night, once we got into Munich, we just walked around the city center and had dinner at the legendary Hofbrauhaus that has been there since 1589. The next day we checked out the BMW museum and Olympia Park, where the Olympics were held in 1972. After that, we visited St. Peter’s Church, ate a very late lunch, and headed home. It snowed while we were there, and the roads were bad on the way home, turning our 4 hour drive into a 7 hour drive… But we made it home all in one piece and now have a good trip to Munich to look back on.

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Dachau Concentraion Camp. “Never Again”

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BMW World and BMW Museum

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Front of St. Peter’s Church decorated for Christmas.