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Barchan Earflap Hat

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The Barchan Earflap Hat is named after the horseshoe-shaped snowdrifts called barchans.  Worked from the top down with a provisional cast-on, this ribbed hat has a seamless construction with no short rows or stitches to pick up.  The slouchy version of the hat is shown, but the pattern can be easily adapted for a beanie style, with or without earflaps.

I’m in love with the Lana Grossa Fur Pom Pom from The Trendsetter Yarn Group.  It attaches easily with a snap which you stitch onto the hat.  It’s just so soft and fuzzy and gorgeous!

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I used the beautiful worsted wool I bought in Dresden, Germany a few years ago at The Green Wheel.  I love having yarn as a souvenir.  It was so much fun to relive a little bit of that amazing trip!

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Darling German cherub
Darling German cherub

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Rainy Days in East Germany

During my whirlwind European tour, I spent a couple of days in Dresden and a few hours in Berlin.  Even in the rain I was able to enjoy the restored splendor of these two cities.

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Gadeachtniskirche (Broken Tooth Church). Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

I was surprised by the memories and stong emotions invoked at the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie.

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This monument runs through the city, marking the division of East and West Berlin

All the feelings of unbelief and horror I felt in 9th grade social studies came back to me as I stood at the monument, remembering the stories of men and women being shot in their desperate attempt to cross to West Berlin.

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Then, the shock and amazement I felt as I sat with my first newborn watching Berliners tear that wall down 26 years ago; truly an awe-inspiring part of recent history. It was a gift to be able to visit Berlin.

Piece of the Berlin Wall
“Thank you God”  – Piece of the Berlin Wall

We spent two days in Dresden, another east German city well into the process of restoration.

Semperoper, Opera House, Dresden
Semperoper, Opera House, Dresden

May 8, 1945 was the official end date of World War II, and almost 70 years later, Dresden is dedicated to the restoration of these cities to their pre-war beauty.

Zwinger Palace - under reconstruction
Zwinger Palace – under reconstruction
Dresden castle
Dresden castle

The restoration began at the collapse of the Soviet Union, 26 years ago, and the painstaking and meticulous work is still underway thanks to mostly private fundraising.

Frauenkirche organ pipes, newly restored
Frauenkirche organ pipes, newly restored
Darling German cherub
Darling German cherub

It was here, in Dresden where I got my yarn fix for the day.  I fell in love with the newly opened yarn store, The Green Wheel.

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Located in Dresden in the arts district at Rothenburger StraBe 7,  The Green Wheel is owned by Anja Lorenz-GroBer and Franziska Horeth GbR.

Here is Anja, spinning away, the Green Wheel is by the window
Here is Anja, spinning away, the Green Wheel is by the window

They feature roving wool and handspun (produced by the owners), as well as yarns of all weights and colors produced by co-ops all over Europe.

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I fell in love with the natural DK merino wool from co-ops in the Barvaria region of Germany.  I bought several skeins, brought them home, (more than these!)

imageand will be making these hats for the boyz for Christmas!  Follow this link to the free pattern

There was a sample of this hat in the store, but I figured out the pattern on my own...first time!
There was a sample of this hat in the store, but I figured out the pattern on my own…first time!

This was my first visit to East Germany and I loved it.   What are your favorite sights in East Germany?