Actually I wanted to show you what I have done last week. It´s another crochetted scarf and I like it very much. But my camera is not willing to work today, so there is now time left for me to do the final touches till next week and show you the finished one. I am done with the hook and it will need ages anyway to sew in all those hundreds of threads. Btw have you noticed that there is a lot of crochetting this days in blogland? I have seen some absolutely beautiful and fabulous things, Moonstitches made a fantastic apron and hat and shared this wonderwonderful links with us, Yarnstorm also took the hook and made a bright and cheery scarf, this blanket at Green Kitchen is one of my definitely favorits, the haphazard knitter is doing wonderful funny things with the hook and her blanket is also a must-have on my list. It seems, that crochet is all around and for having recently ordered this book and still a lot of cotton yarn in my stash, I think it´s the beginning of a wonderful friendship.
And to have also some pictures in this post (colour is all we need), I thought I show you some of the Christkindl-Markets I visited. A lot of very nice things, very crowded, very cold and sometimes wet, very expensive, very nice dealers and sellers, and the very best for getting into the Christmas mood.
Here we have some cute and absolutely lovely handmade wooden lanterns, oh so nice for my garden, and some amazing handmade brushes, all black and white (I have bought one for my potatoes and carrots, but not black and white, just plain white and very useful, I´ve tested it already!)
This are the beautiful wooden things from the Erzgebirge, I love them so much, I would like to have them all, for Christmas, for Easter and the small flower children for inbetween. Sadly more than expensive, - exorbitant!
Doll´s houses and every thing you need to make a good living for them. They also had microscopically tiny school books and pencils and bags. This reminded me of a doll house I once had and loved so much, and then one day my little sister destroyed it all. But maybe one day I will buy a new one to have a memory and the ideal beautiful home again.
These are "Zwetschgenmännle", means prune-men. They are made of prunes, the face is a walnut and sometimes also figs are used. In my childhood we had them every year, but now never and I think most of them are sold to tourists nowadays. So sad, it was such a great habit and I remember how much I loved this little men as a child. I think actually they are made to eat them, too, but in my family we children never dared to bite into them (the same with chocolate-Nikolaus and the chocolate-Easter bunny) and so they stood as long as they were still visible under the dust.
This are my favorites. Teeny-weeny Wicky´s and knights, ladies of the castle, seamen and witches, skiers, flower fairies and penguins. They are made out of hazelnuts, leaves and small twigs. This market stall is always, always surrounded by a lot of kids, all adoring and "ah" and "oh" and begging the parents to buy just one of them. And I am feeling like a child, too, they are soooooooo sweet.
And last, but not least, this is the wish-tree and this is not a usual German custom. It is just at the market in Regensburg, it´s an old celtic custom, to tie your wishes into a tree. You get your ribbon for a donation to the poor and then you can put it on the tree. We have seen such an old celtic holy tree in England, it was a very magical and enchanted place and a lot of people already had tied anything they had into the tree, even a handkerchief, a plastic bag and a bra! This are the things I love so much. OK, but here we are in good old Bavaria, here we are using coloured ribbons and it is importand to make just one knot, not to make a bow, because your wish has to be able to go with the wind to become true. I love it a lot and every Christmas time we do it now for many years.
So have a great weekend, I hope you can enjoy it and not be in a hurry for Christmas. I am now nearly finished with my presents, the big cleaning is done, we have 4 pre-Christmas-dinner-invitations for the next week so I don´t have to cook, I forgot to write Christmas cards like nearly every year, we have no snow till now and so maybe this will be the first not-white-christmas here and yesterday I thought now it would be nice to knit something bright, airy for spring. After finishing some UFOs of course! Happy 3rd Advent!