Here's the view from my friend's balcony in Barcelona.
Here's the funeral carriage museum.
Here's a naked man knitting in last week's Time Out Barcelona.
Here's the Drops 95-13 that I didn't wear because it was just as warm and balmy as in Austin.
And here's the view from the taxi to the airport.
Barcelona was a lot of fun but I can't give you much of a report, because I spent all of my time visiting with my dear friend Sally and her family. And, because Barcelona still observes old school business hours, we spaced out and didn't make it to her LYS which was fine as I had just spent a wonderful afternoon knitting (and shopping) at Knitch on my layover. This was a case of knowing the website before the shop. And what a charming and welcoming shop! It's well-lit with plenty of insanely gorgeous yarn, genuinely helpful staff and a big table smack dab in the middle.I picked up a skein of this sinfully soft Artyarns Cameo (75%cashmere/25%mohair) and a skein of their Beaded Mohair & Sequins (and some tasty Habu cotton boucle). I've cast on for a shawl using Harrow Stitch from the Mon Tricot guide. It's a variation of the wave stitch using double wraps around the needle for 5 stitches instead of staggering the wraps. The yarn is three singles that are very loosely plied. There's also a tavern a couple doors down that perfect for a lunch of roasted beet salad and crab cakes. You'll need to ask the bartender to call you a cab.
Gauge is celebrating their first birthday this Saturday. Three cheers for Karli and Allison! And many many thanks for letting us (the North Austin SnB group) really class up the joint on Sundays. I plan to drop by with the boys in tow. Gosh, I hope there's some cake so I can bribe them to hang out for awhile.
I just found out that Artfibers in San Francisco is closing their shop in January (they will keep selling their yarns online). The DH had just brought me back three skeins (Bhutan, Oki, and Ginko) from a recent business trip and I just ordered more as they're running out of dye lots. I know, I know. It's not like they're going bye-bye forever, but it's not the same thing.
I used to travel to SF on a regular basis and I remember the first time I walked into Artfibers about 15 years ago. It was this tiny space crammed with some of the most unique yarns that I had ever seen. The colors and the fiber blends were so much more sophisticated than even the double de-luxe Adrienne Vitadini and Missoni yarns at my LYS( the now defunct Woolgatherer) in Washington DC. I thought to myself, "I am not nearly good enough to knit up these yarns." That's how stunning they were. Then I bought a few skeins and a longstanding tradition of hunting down LYS on trips began. I still have a few 'vintage' Artfibers yarns in my stash. Remember Ballet and Scottie? Yeah, me too. Here's a detail from my Da Vinci cardigan: As I'm quite capable of poring over every yarn on their website--one of the first really well designed shop sites, by the way--as if I'm translating the Rosetta Stone I know I won't be totally bereft.