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A Granny I am, but square ? I certainly hope not. Just a wee bit fickle-minded. On my way of knitting a granny square blanket with Drop yarns I decided I’d rather have a Kimono instead and get more personal use out of it! Selfish, isn’t it – but I wear the Kimono gleefully and happily.
The pattern is repetitive to say the least, and sewing the squares together calls for a mind-blinded evening in front of the TV. I embellished the border as suggested but added another row, using a crab stitch. The squares on the front are basically purple and pinks of various shades plus some turquoise, the back tends toward greens and browns and shows a black narrow gusset at the center between the two top-most squares, adapting to the neck curvature and allowing a better drape of the back . The added advantage about this Kimono is that one can wear it at many different occasions, mundane or fancy! If you want to see another Kimono of mine: click here.
We had the chance to see the amazing Heinz Berggruen collection of paintings in the Berggruen Museum in Berlin. Amongst the favorited painters was also Paul Klee. Here are two of his color block paintings, Color Blocks (top) and Ancient Sounds (bottom). Should you want to read a little bit more about our trip to Berlin click here.
A long planned vacation trip to Dresden and Berlin (Germany) finally came true. Upon returning home, my very patient friends had to sit through supper invitations listening to my excited monologues on how wonderful, interesting and enriching this trip was. It coincided with my birthday, celebrated by a rare family get-together (family members spread across three European countries) and it was in many ways a trip back into history as it unfolded during my lifetime. I remember the day the Berlin Wall was started being built, the news were on the radio non-stop. I vividly remember the day and days the Wall came down again after almost 30 years, and people from the East and West were streaming towards each other at the Brandenburg Gate. Standing right under the Brandenburg Gate was an elevating experience!
We were strolling along many famous streets and admired the architecture old and new, we walked up into the dome of the Reichstagand spent time in sidewalk cafés watching the world go by. Listen to Marlene Dietrich’s famous song “Ich hab’ noch einen Koffer in Berlin” (I still have a suitcase in Berlin…) comes to mind, as well as its later rendition by Hildegard Knef. We are remembering those famous artists who lived in Berlin before WW2 and lost their home and life in the most terrible way. Thousands of Stolpersteine in German cities remind the passer-by of the people who sadly and tragically vanished about 60-70 years ago under the Hitler regime.
These days, the city of Berlin is a global city – again -full of history and the true capital of Germany, signposting the future and forward-looking, a city witnessing the most tragic events and the most wonderful ones. Certainly a place to visit again, and again…just leave that suitcase in Berlin…
(Also see the post about Paul Klee in the Museum Heinz Berggruen)