The 14 days of Valentine tribute to the love of couchsurfing continues.
DAY 10 – NIŠ, SERBIA
Dude, are you still foraging? That is so 2010. The latest craze is taking apart hand knit stuff and reusing the yarn. Prepare for unravelling to go viral. You heard it here first. Not content with my current status of early adopter, I’ve upgraded to trendsetter.
After Samobor, Croatia, we quit couchsurfing for a while. We worked our way through the Balkans staying in various apartments, hotels and B&Bs in Zagreb, the Croatian coast and islands, Plitvice National Park, Montenegro, Lake Ohrid. We then spent two weeks on the beach in Greece before working our way back up through the Balkans. On our way up, we passed through Niš and that is where we found our next couchsurf.
Niš, as I have explained before, is a city that has fallen on hard times. People here have very little which makes couchsurfing hosts all the more generous and altruistic. Our CS host was a single man living in a triplex: his apartment on the third floor, his parents flat on the second floor (they were away in Greece) and a vacant flat on the ground floor. The ground floor flat had been his sister’s but she had married and moved to a house nearby. We had the spacious flat to ourselves.
Our CS host was an educated and well travelled man. But if there was one thing he hated it was a snob. His spidey senses would tingle and he could pick out a snob at 50 paces. I think a good nickname for him is Snobsnob. Get it – he’s a snob when it comes to snobs ;-) Niš is a good city in which to flush out snobs – see comment re: hard times, above. Anyways, I know all you lovely readers aren’t snobs in the least so Snobsnob would open his home to you and you would be the richer for it. If we are ever back in Niš, we will certainly stay with Snobsnob again. In part because we are snob snobs ourselves, though nowhere near on his level and we aren’t as adroit at sniffing them out. We’ll also go back because Snobsnob has a fantastic mountain hike planned for us and because he has connections in Bulgaria and we really want to go there.
So, the hat. I thought it very fitting to take a baby sweater of Lastborns and unravel it to make Snobsnob’s hat. How unsnobby is it to give someone a hat made out of reused wool! I can’t remember exactly what kind but I know it is some kind of über-yarn from some heritage/endangered/long-haired/exotic creature. I hope he doesn’t sniff too deeply because he might sense that the unravelled hat is made with fancy fibres bought from a speciality shop in a hipster part of town.
Snobsnob is very tall, as are many Serbs. This hat is therefore large. It is made with warm wool and has earflaps. That is because Serbian winters are like Canadian ones – long, hard, and snowy. The pattern is Basic Ear Flap Hat by Jana Falls, available free on Ravelry. Knit on 5 mm/US 8.