Cuddly Hubby spent a couple days in meetings -- this was, after all, a business trip. I love, love, love the train system in Copenhagen. If I think too much about it, it will make me either sad or angry that a city like Atlanta, which is full of railroad tracks, does not have a train system like a European city. We did not need a rental car at all. While Cuddly Hubby was in meetings in Roskilde, I took the train in to Copenhagen and went yarn shop crawling. I used the same technique I had used for Portland, Oregon -- generate a map using the yarn finding function on Ravelry. (Previous post on how to make a yarn store map here.)
ended up visiting three yarns shops. There was a fourth for which I had
an address but there did not seem to be a yarn shop on that street.
at Vandkunsten 3. I started at København Central Station, which is
across the street from Tivoli Gardens. A good way to do it as a tourist
would be to exit the station on the side towards Tivoli Gardens, turn
right, walk down to the corner and cross towards Tivoli Gardens as you
walk along Tietgensgade. You'll pass between Tivoli Gardens and Ny
Carlberg Glyptotek. At Hans Christian Andersens Boulevard, follow
Stormgade as it jogs to the left to eventually border the Nationalmuseet
on the northwest. Alternatively, you can follow Ny Vestergade forward
toward Christianborg Slot. In this case, Ny Vestergade borders the
Nationalmuseet to the southeast. In either case, you'll end up at
Fredericksholmes Kanal with Christianborg Slot on the other side of the
canal. Turn left and follow Fredericksholmes Kanal northwest. Vankunsten
is only about a block off the canal, just past the Albanian Embassy.
You'll turn left and Sommerfuglen will be there.
this was the first shop I visited, and because I didn't know what I
would encounter elsewhere, I did a lot of looking but not any buying.
The yarn selection was wonderful, the shop had fabulous books, plenty of
samples, and kits by Hanne Falkenberg. In retrospect, I probably should
have purchased one of the kits, but I can get them here in the United
States. If you were looking for a knitterly remembrance of Copenhagen, a
Hanne Falkenberg kit might be just the gift. Sommerfuglen is definitely
worth your attention. Plus, it is close to several tourist attractions
and the awesome restaurants on Gammel Strand. If you have a tourist map,
put a little star north of Nationalmuseet and west of Christianborg
Slot and you'll be ready to stop by when you wander into the
The next place I tried to find was
123knit on Ny Adelgade. I did find Ny Adelgade (it is off Kongen Nytorv
up near Nyhavn), but I could not find a yarn shop on that street.
Bummer. Plus, that was the point where the battery in my Garmin died.
Now I was by myself, in the rain, with only paper maps and my own wits
to guide me.
I eventually navigated up to Fiolstræde,
which is in the Latin Quarter. The center of Copenhagen is only about a
kilometer across, so even walking from Sommerfuglen up to Uldstedet i
City is not bad. If you decide to do so, head northwest up Rådhusstræde.
You'll cross the Strøget at the open squares of Nytorv and Gammeltorv.
Turn at either the next right (Skindergade) or the second right
(Dyrkøb). Dyrkøb borders Vor Frue Kirke to the southeast, and the church is an obvious landmark. If you walk
one block easterly, either of these streets will intersect Fiolstræde.
Just behind Vor Frue Kirke, at the corner of Krystalgade and Fiolstræde is Strikkeboden.
This little yarn shop is small but stuffed full to the brim. I did look
around and almost bought something. But, you know how some yarn shops
just don't have friendly energy? Well, this shop just didn't have that
friendly feel on the particular day I was there. Maybe kindness was lost
By this point, my wandering was
beginning to bother my knees. I tend to think, "Oh, I did this sort of
walking about all the time in college. I can do this, no problem." I
forget that college was during the Reagan and Clinton administrations.
My knees are not that young, nor that experienced in spite of the time
spent on the exercise bike last spring. Phooey! So I headed up
Fiolstræde because the Nørreport train station is at the end of it. And
then I came across it!
Uldstedet i City!
shop's doorstep lies below grade level. But do not let its lowly
architectural position discourage you. This turned out to be a
wonderfully helpful shop. There was a nice selection of yarn and helpful
clerks. It was truly an oasis for me at that point in the day. My one
goal in yarn shopping was to find yarn to convert my Bohus cuffs into
gloves. I had the cuffs with me and was able to find some Isager
laceweight alpaca that will probably work. (I may have to hold two
strands together.) The ladies also pointed me in the proper direction
for the train, which was just a few meters away at the end of the street.
My plan for the evening was to sit and knit, find dinner in Roskilde, and ice my knees -- not necessarily in that order. But when I got to the hotel room, Cuddly Hubby was already back early from his meeting. This would have been a good thing, except that he had left his laptop in the taxi. His coworkers -- who were heading back to Copenhagen for the night because they were all flying home to the United States -- had noticed before they left the taxi. However, this meant his laptop was with his boss in Copenhagen. "But I just came from Copenhagen!" was about all I could blurt out. In the end, we did tromp back to Copenhagen. The Cuddly Hubby's boss hadn't yet had dinner and did seem to want some company. So we ended up at Krogs Fiskerestaurant. I was going to order something light, but both men wanted the six-course meal. So I ordered it as well. It was a great evening of wonderful conversation and incredible food! Cuddly Hubby and I didn't end up back in our hotel room until about 1 AM. It was so worth it for the food and yarn. And by that time, I was exhausted and fell asleep with the ice packs draped across my knees.