Sunday, May 31, 2009
Moni Eckert has outdone herself once again with the design of these socks. They are named after the city of Landshut in Bavaria, Germany.
The city of Landshut is located on Isar River in Bavaria in southeastern Germany. It was founded in 1204 as a fortress for dukes of Bavaria, and was chartered in 1279. It was badly damaged in the Thirty Years' War between 1618 and 1648. Since it was a major rail junction, the city received over 12,000 refugees after World War II. The city has retained much of its medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque architecture, notably the ducal castle of Trausnitz built between the 13th and the 16th century, and the Gothic St. Martin's Church with one of the world's highest brick steeples at 436 feet. Industries include electronics and machinery manufacture as well as chocolate making, brewing, and tobacco processing. The 2004 estimated population was 60,500.
When I was young I was unable to see these treasures of Germany and now that I am old, I don't have the get up and go to travel extensively. And, of course, I never did become independently wealthy either.
The socks are knit with Opal Uni. The color is almost cinnamon. There is one noticeable error in the leg of the sock, but I was too far along to rip back when I noticed it, and the pattern is such that it would be quite difficult to undo only those stitches and correct the error. So, I am going to live with it. Can you see the error? Let me know.
The pattern is a challenge for me since I have done very few pieces with traveling stitches, but I must say it's getting easier the longer I am knitting it. Maybe you can teach an old dog new tricks, after all.
In addition to the photo of the sock, I have also included some photos of Landshut. I love architecture, and the architecture of Bavaria is quite different than that of the Northern Black Forest.