Warning: Lots of Photos. Little Content.
Greetings from Prenzlauer Berg, former German Democratic Republic (AKA East Berlin), in all it's falling apart/rebirthing glory. In a word, this 'hood is awesome. I love how every other building threatens to fall on your head, while the neighboring one has been so completely renovated as to look brand new.
After yoga this afternoon, I decided to get my yarn shop browsing out of the way. First stop: Loops, which is just up the way from the apartment I'm renting.
Loops has a really great selection of GGH and Lana Grossa among others, too many other things. I spent about half an hour deciding on sock wool. If you ever see the Regia Tweed (at least that's what I think it's called) around, grab it. It's super soft and would make great sitting-by-the-fire Winter socks. I may go back and get some.
I ended up with three skeins of Lang Jawoll, which I will eventually use to practice stranded knitting.
And then there's the mystery yarn. All I know is that it's produced in small quantities somewhere in Germany, and that it's made form lamb's wool and regular wool. I'm going to knit B a scarf with this. Eventually.
I also went out to the KaDeWe, the up market German department store chain. Their Berlin store has the distinction of being the Continent's biggest one. I'm not sure it beats the main Galeries Lafayette in Paris*, but that's what my guidebook said.
KaDeWe has a separate annex devoted to craftsy endeavors from scrapbooking to sewing to painting to knitting and needlework. They mainly carry Lana Grossa, Rowan, Gedifra, and Schachenmayr Nomotta, which by the way has some nice stuff.
I only bought some wool wash and a Regia sock pattern brochure. It's in German. I'll figure it out somehow.
And then... then... I made my way back to the main building to the "gourmet foods" floor. While not as impressive as Harrod's in London, the KaDeWe's food floor is pretty nice. They have regular supermarket items mixed with fancy pants gourmet. Then there is the section of American condiments, complete with American flags and mini Statues of Liberty.
I very nearly cried right there in the store when I saw the Dr. Pepper. I occasionally feel homesick for the U.S., but this really hit me. Growing up in Texas, you don't live if you don't drink Dr. Pepper. I bought the Devil's Food cake mix b/c I've recently been jonsing for it; I'm pretty sure it's because of these. The salsa is because I usually eat burritos once a week and I'm self-catering.
Oh and just in case you were wondering, the socks are progressing very, very slowly.
These were shot with the camera in my lap, set to go off with the timer. That's the view of the crumply ole building I'm staying in. I assure you it's quite cute on the inside.
I leave you for now with this shot of the the fountain at Alexanderplatz.
* BTW, there is a Galeries Lafayette here. Guide Book says that they import baguette dough from Paris every morning. Dude, could you pass up such opulence?