Hannah Aoife Casey…Strictly speaking, not a weaving project

Well, if anyone other than my mum, sister and a few friends read my blog on a regular basis, then you’ll know that I’ve been more than just a “bit of a slacker” recently – But this excuse is the best yet – really!

On the 8th of October, I went to the hospital for a blood test and was told by the doctor to wait for the results…by 3.30pm that afternoon, my baby girl was delivered by emergency c-section (so much for my great ideas of a natural birth and no painkillers!…HA! Pre-eclampsia can scupper all kinds of plans, but so long as you and the baby survive it, then the plans don’t matter)
And the other piece of weaving news is that I’ve been greatly inspired in the last few days, and am now raring to get weaving again – now my husband just has to help me assemble my loom and find all my yarns in the packing crates…oh yes – did I mention that we also moved house the same week as we had a baby?

My friend Birgitta (another weaver) delivered her baby boy Quiran Magnus one week after Hannah – Now we’re just waiting on Nula of Noolibird and Lyanne in Malaysia

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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.