Stash Enhancement from Copenhagen

Ok so I did some shopping whilst in Copenhagen.  I went in search of the city’s yarn shops on day two of my stay.  And in the city centre I found. .

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Sommerflugen,  with its lovely owner and her staff, and her even lovelier yarn.  The shop has a great choice for all budgets. The yarn I bought was in sale but I could have bought so much more. .
Here is what I bought

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A skein of red pure wool fans dyed dk weight wool, a 50/50% wool and nettle.. yes nettle fibre yarn in white and a grey white marl skein of wool/ cotton. All of this came to 127kr or £14.50. Over 500 yards of yarn, in the Danish national flag..  I wanted a real souvenir from Denmark,  something that I couldn’t get over here in the UK.

I bought the scissors and knitting needles from a Danish store called Tiger; cheap but filled with curious novelties and craft supplies. The knitting needles were 10kr and the scissors 20kr.  £1 and £2 respectively. A nice little haul from my trip. I think I will make a shawl to remind me of my trip to Copenhagen.

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Day three- Tivoli Gardens

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On my last full day; I decided to take a look round Tivoli,  in the heart of the city are the Tivoli gardens, the gardens are home to the first ever amusement park in Denmark.

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Amongst the amusement rides, hot dog stands and restaurants stand the gardens. Beautiful flowers and architecture meet amusement park. It sounds like it shouldn’t go together hit it does!
A great space for families, couples and solo traveler amongst you.

A little background for you history buffs amongst you. Established in 1843 by Georg Carstensen; Tivoli or the pleasure gardens has become one of the main attractions in Copenhagen with an estimated 4 millions visitors a year. Tivoli was one of many pleasure gardens to spring up around Europe in this time and set itself as a leader in its field because of the amusements, the oldest still in use is the Rollercoaster,  celebrating its centenary this year.

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Tomorrow I go home, I am gutted to be leaving Copenhagen, it really is a great city.. I shall definitely have case of hometime blues..

Day two: Copenhagen Free Walking Tours

 

On the second day of my trip to Copenhagen, I took a guided tour with Copenhagen free walking tours, A local company with local tour guides, available from the Generator hostel. The tour takes you around the centre of town and into the southern areas around the main harbour to the new opera house to Amalienborg, the Royal Palaces. Our guide and fellow Brit Rosie took us from the Rådhuspladsen (Town Hall Square) 

  • A look around the Town Hall Square, one of the centres of activity for Copenhageners, including the Lur Blowers, a look at Tivoli Gardens (from the outside) and the start of Strøget, the walking street.
  • A stroll down the small cobble-stoned streets of medieval Copenhagen
  • Bishop Absalon, the founding father of Copenhagen
  • Kongens Nytorv, one of the most spectacular squares, with excellent examples of 17th Century Architecture, including Magasin Du Nord, the Old Royal Theatre and historical Hotel d’Angleterre.
  • Nyhavn, the wonderful colourful harbour front, where Copenhageners and visitors alike gather to sip cold beer and enjoy the sea air.
  • Amalienborg Palace, the home of the oldest Royal Family in the world
  • The Marble Church, with its impressive dome, one of the features of Frederiksstaden, and examples of Rococo architecture.

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When visiting new cities and countries I like to take guided tours as it can show you parts of the city that you wouldn’t normally see, of course we didn’t get to see the little mermaid, but that has left me something, aswell as Tivoli to find out on the third day of my trip around Copenhagen.

If your going to visit Copenhagen in the near future, then I can recommend Rosie and the other guys at Copenhagen Free walking tours for a great tour!!

(this post is from my great time with the team at Copenhagen Free walking tours, I haven’t been asked to but thought you would like to know)

all the information in the blog post see: http://www.copenhagenfreewalkingtours.dk/#free-walking-tour

My summer sweater

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As you are reading this, I will be exploring Copenhagen on my summer city break. I have lines up some posts whilst I am away for you.

This is my current project. A summer dk weight cap sleeve sweater of my own design.

I bought the yarn last year at the annual Black Sheep wools sale in Culcheth Warrington.  I have gradually began to knit this luxurious yarn in the most beautiful shade of blue. I was inspired by the short sleeve sweaters as featured in the magazines but I wanted to combine my love of knitting and crochet in one garment.
This project has been left in its bag for a while now as I had trouble finding a crochet stitch that wasn’t too open. I think I have now with a puff lace stitch from Erika Knight’s crochet workshop book.

I think this is the first picture I have shared in this blog of our Shih Tzu puppy Max. He is now 7 months old and very cute if somewhat mischievous.  If you follow

http://www.instagram.com/girlinknits you will have seen many photos of Max since his arrival this year. 

Day one in Copenhagen.

I am currently blogging this using the free WIFI at my hostel in Copenhagen! Finally made it!

I am staying at the Generator Hostel in Christianshavn district of the city, great access to the city centre, sights and exhibits.. and of course..the shopping streets. Great design and really friendly staff especially to this forgetful traveler..but anyway. I am travelling on my own throughout my time in Copenhagen as I have a few times before and I enjoy it. I can wander aimlessly around the city and really enjoy myself, for me that is my independence and freedom to enjoy the city as I want.

I flew in using Easyjet from Manchester yesterday morning, arriving into Copenhagen city centre via the metro for 2.30pm. after getting myself settled into my room, i decided to go off and explore with my guidebook in hand.

The hostel is great, great design, friendly staff and clean rooms, great value for money. Hostels have changed in the last ten years with their design and attitudes. Your really not just renting a bed, locker and sheets. Cheap food and even cheaper quality is no longer the norm. Before my stay I hadn’t stayed in a hostel for 5 years and now I can see myself using them far more often then I would have considered before. generator-copenhagen-design

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Tomorrow I am joining the daily free walking tour from the Hostel, I am hoping to see the Little Mermaid, the royal palaces and the Tivoli Gardens. Tomorrow is for sightseeing and general touristy things.

Its really true what they say about the Danes.. They’re all so good looking, I am feeling inspired by the city and its inhabitants. The street style is amazing too. Danish design and architecture. i can feel myself falling in love with Danmark and Scandinavia