Non-existent yarn shops and a Christmas market

a woman mimicking grief over a bad yarn display

What a day… I was prepared like a pro. Backpack, several bags, my current knitting project, an apple and a water bottle – what could possibly go wrong?

We decided in a fit of Christmas angst to visit a bigger neighbor town (Dortmund) to buy some Christmas presents, strolling over the Christmas market (with the reputedly biggest Christmas tree of the world) and to have a nice topic for my #needleworkmonday post, to explore all three yarn shops.

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The beginning of this endeavor should have told me to instantly abandon all hope – the first yarn shop on my list was bankrupt. But you know me and my infatuation into all kinds of yarn, I persisted to research the other two shops. But first we walked purposefully through the city center only en passant noticing the Christmas market stalls, the wonderful lights and crazy rides, as we wanted to buy (or better: get inspired for) some Christmas presents.

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This did not go too well. We seldom visit Dortmund, so I had no idea which shops to pay a visit and which parts of the town are most promising…. We ran more or less aimlessly through the city in search of something we still did not know. In one word: FUN ??

After drinking some coffee, I was in dire need of a bathroom and I must share the photo with you because the tiles matched my scarf (which is yellow and violet, not the most common colors for a bathroom in my view). Oh and by the way, I now need glasses ???. On the other hand the passage where the cafe was located was very beautiful and had an unique retro chique.

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Back on track we reached the next yarn shop – still without any Christmas presents – and oh joy, it is closed on Mondays. You can imagine my mood. I was boiling. And I guess because of this bad mood I forgot on our way back to the car to visit the third shop…

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Back in our car I was silently grumbling. To be honest, I guess it was not so silently as I imagine, because my husband suggested to visit a mall on our way home which has another beautiful shop. Its Veritas, a Belgian shop which offers yarn, fabric, haberdashery and strangely underwear, raincoats and fashion jewelry. Did I mention that I love this shop? They always have beautiful pattern magazines which you get for free if you buy something (and they are so sweet to give you several copies for your sewing/knitting/crocheting friends)
By now you are imagining what happened: the shop closed ??? Instead there was a trinket shop you find in every town. So sad ?

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After recovering from this loss, I turned around about 90 degrees and spotted a for me unknown Danish shop which displayed beautiful little things in wood and clay; pillows, sweets and notebooks etc.

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Still grieving we went inside and tada: they had wool. But don’t celebrate, it was a meagre yield. I bought something which I cannot name as certain knitting friends could read this post. Nevertheless, I posed in front of the shelves to have a license to post this on #needleworkmonday ???
To have a perfect closure for this day, we noticed on our way home, that we did not had a single look at this famous huge Christmas tree.

Thank you @crosheille for iniciating and @muscara, @shanibeer, @marblely for hosting the #needleworkmonday. If you want to see more beautiful projects with yarn, fabric and most of all needles, follow @needleworkmonday on steemit. Or even better grab your needles and keyboard and join the #needleworkmonday community. You can read more comments on this post on my steemit blog.

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