Holy Cow, Batman! (or something like that)

What a month!

I can’t believe it’s now the 25th of September…tomorrow is a good friend’s birthday, and I almost forgot; I’m 35 weeks pregnant with a Spacehopper for a belly; I was told 2 weeks ago that I had “signs of pre-eclampsia” and had to take it easy (HA!…try moving house, being heavily pregnant and finishing a project at work, while “taking it easy” – that phrase alone stressed me out!); I was awarded something lovely about my blog from another weaver (It’s even nicer to see that someone other than my mum read’s my blog!!); I got a message from another BCN weaver and my friend Silvia just told me about another beautiful exhibition in the city – Alphonse Mucha en the Caixa Forum (see images above). All of this from the comfort of my own sofa, with my feet up on the coffee table – you have to love the internet!

Actually, I’m going a bit crazy already and thinking of starting to knit something as I’ve been told that “taking it easy” includes “no weaving”.
I should point out here that my knitting skills are dubious, to say the least. I’m a weaver, not a knitter, and although I know the theory of knitting (i.e.,  plain, pearl and “what you do with knitting needles to make those stitches”) I’m not altogether sure I’d produce anything that wouldn’t be shameful to look at!  For beautiful knits, look at these from Perfectamity on Etsy – (I was just making lots of “ooohhhhh” noises when I saw them). My mum has knit and crocheted clothes for our soon-to-arrive new family member – she’s one of those people who can knit / crochet an entire baby’s wardrobe while watching an old movie on TV, never miss a stitch and then russle up some booties or a hat out of “the odd wee end bits of wool left over”…mmmmm, I’m feeling any potential knitting project from me is doomed before I even start! (eh, did I also mention I can’t read a knitting pattern?)
SOOO, my grand plan is to knit some mitten style things (without thumbs) – how hard can that be? – then see if I can make it to some kind of booties or a hat. I used to love knitting dolls clothes (about 30 years ago!), so maybe I’ll manage something for my own baby! If not, at least it will keep me busy on the sofa with my feet up for a wee while…and my mum can unravel the wool and make something useful if it really is atrocious!

Oh, and I have a baby’s bedroom to design…actually I’ve got loads to do – I just need to stop blathering and get on with something.

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Hiroshige, some geisha, a big wave and a plate full of paella

Hot and sticky Barcelona can be, well, hot and sticky! Things have not been too bad this summer, but as we are in August and we are still no closer to moving into our new apartment for the summer, (long and painful story), we decided to go out for stroll on Sunday to find some ice-cream and an exhibition to visit. I have to say my luck was quadruply in. We went to an exhibition in the Pedrera (Casa Mila).
1. The exhibition was of Japanese woodblock artists and prints from the 17th – 19th Century, on loan from the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (some of the most beautiful art in the world, and definitely my favourite after 2 years living in Japan).
2. It was in the Pedrera, one of the most beautiful Gaudi buildings in Barcelona.
3. It was free and fully air-conditioned!! (actually, that might have to count at two)
4. I had a very large turron and chocolate ice-cream on the way home…The evening was topped off as Matt made me Paella…Actually I should say that it turned out to be a blissful Sunday! (Matt’s Paella recipe)
The exhibition is beautiful – there is no other word for it, so anyone planning on visiting the city of Barcelona any time between now and the middle of September, should try to take advantage of the beautiful images, the beautiful building and the beautifully free aircon that goes with this exhibition!