Candycane Hat, Handknit Holidays, for Cheryl's tiny girl
Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 superwash wool, colors 080, 003
Needles: Lantern Moon #7 dpns
The FO is so cute. It is the i-cord twist at the top that does it.
I blocked it on a Danskin exercise ball (six pounds), which amused Mr. Etherknitter more than was seemly.
Barcelona was a riot of flavors, sounds, and architecture. Spain is a lesson in slowing down. Lunch is from 2-4:30pm. Most stores close, and reopen until 8:30pm. The day is shifted rightwards: wake up at 8-9am because dinner, then bedtime, takes until 12-1am. My night owl physiology felt like I had just found home.
The view from the hotel:
Our room looked out on Casa Mila, Gaudi's last civil commission. It was an empty block when he started, located in Barcelona's Expansion (Eixample). When it was unveiled, the cognoscenti laughed and dubbed it the Quarry. It was revolutionary Art Nouveau design then, and it is still amazing.
His detail work marks him as a mad genius. Mosaics for chimney pots! Doors with ironwork grids. Curves, design embellishments everywhere, he makes Frank Lloyd Wright look conservative and stingy. (Both architects had rocky relationships with their clients because of their consistent over-budget execution of design.)
He used catenary arches to design the attic. They need no buttresses to support them. Before I arrived in the city, I did due diligence. I read a book on the history of Spain. I went through the Eyewitness Guide. Frommer's had a walking tour book that I used to plan the days. (The book sucked, and we only used it once.) I learned of Gaudi, and his architectural vision. I thought he was nuts. I think differently about him now.
Our room had a balcony with chairs, tables, and The View. Turn 90 degrees to the right, and
the Sagrada Familia assaulted our eyes. We spent evenings with bottles of wine, cheese, cured meats, math books (him), knitting (me). Clear skies, no rain, 75 degrees in the gathering dusk, we watched tourists patrol the roof of Casa Mila, and waited for the evening lights to turn on, and highlight the rough stone surfaces of La Pedrera.