Last night my husband and I went to Trachtenvogl to check out the Sause (party) that Cut Magazine was hosting there (complete with password: ‘Liesl’). I always that ‘Liesl’ was just a name, but apparently it is also a type of knitting device (I couldn’t find a translation in leo!) that I came to know intimately in the course of our evening. Basically, you feed a bit of y through the hole of a long wooden spool and then use a sort of miniature knitting needle to loop the remaining strand of yarn through teeny loops. It’s tedious. Later we got one of the Liesl 2.0 machines where you just use a hand crank and feed the yarn through to produce a lovely knitted tube.

At first I was frustrated trying to stand, use an old-school Liesl and attend to my glass of wine all at the same time, but once we got into it we had a pretty good time, and I now have a nice knitted-tube-necklace thingy, which is a testament to my husband and my bar-knitting teamwork. It was also good to hit Trachtenvogl, I hadn’t been there in awhile. It was a clever idea to host a CUT party. I can imagine Thursday nights are slow – we passed Lizard Lounge on the way back home it was totally dead, at Trachtenvogl there was standing room only.

Finally, it reminded me what an antidote doing something with your hands is to digital overload. I had spent all afternoon getting used to Tweetdeck and was completely wired (in a bad way) when we left the house. Getting my hands and eyes and brain to work together was really soothing. It even inspired me to off the old knitting needles and finish that blanket I stopped working on about five years ago.

Posted by:eleanormayrhofer

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