Monday, December 26, 2005

Nieve en Berlin!

Feliz Boxing Day para todos! :-) Que lastima que no tengo el cable de mi camera digital para poder subir fotos porque todo esta completamente nevado por aqui, y es muuuuuuuuy bonito! Nadine, te encantaria! ;-) Ya iré poniendo fotos cuando estemos de vuelta en Barcelona.

He terminado la espalda y los dos partes delanteras de un jersey con capucha para mi ahijado de tres meses, Adrien. Mi mision es terminarlo todo antes de volver a Barcelona, pero con todas las actividades de familia no sé si voy a tener tiempo... Ayer me enteré de que otra prima esta embarazada, asi que ya hay 4 bébés y una boda para 2006 (en 2005 eran 8 bébés y 5 bodas entre amigos y familia!)... a tejjjjeeeeerrrrr!!!! ;-)

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Regalitos...

Ya esta el regalo de Navidad de Florence, mi ahijada de tres añitos!


Friday, December 02, 2005

Bootees, bootees and even more bootees...

Here are the latest ones! I took a pattern I found on the Internet and changed it quite a bit, and this is the result:




As you can see I wasn't paying attention when I was doing the toe of the second slipper, and I did four knit rows instead of three followed by a purl row... but I decided that since I was making a whole bunch of bootees for my friend's babies it didn't matter... very stupid though!!!

Para las que estaban preguntando por el modelo del kimono y los slippers (Mae y Isa) es de un libro de Erika Knight, que se llama "Simple Knits for Cherished Babies"....es un libro maravilloso! Le pedi prestado de Betty, pero ya lo he padido a Papa Noel también! ;-)

Os dejo, que me tengo que preparar para el viaje a Francia, pero las chicas de Barcelona Knits, nos vemos el miercoles! Que tengais un buen fin de semana y puente (las que teneis suerte, como yo!)

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Ya estan el "kimono" y los "slippers"!

Ya he terminado el "kimono" (asi lo llama la diseñadora en el libro! ;-) y los slippers a juego! He modificado ambos patrones un poquito, y estoy bastante contenta con el resultado... solo el adorno de los slippers no salio exactamente como yo queria (incluso estoy pensando en quitarlo), pero bueno... Aqui podeis ver las fotos:


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Christmas decorations!

We have just fetched down our little Christmas tree (I really want a bigger one, but since we won't be here much this year in December we have decided to hang on to it for now and get bigger one next Christmas) and a few decorations... here's a preview! :-) Now I feel like making thick soups and knitting by the fake fireplace (it's a heating with a big flame behind a grid!)... oh, and having a mulled wine party, of course!!!! :-D

Thursday, November 24, 2005

A mis amigas de Barcelona Knits!

Mirad lo que he encontrado hoy.... UNA OVEJA TEJEDORA!!!!!! Es lo mas gracioso que he visto en muchiiiiisimo tiempo y por supuesto me enamoré en cuanto lo vi y me lo TENIA que comprar!!!!!!!! Ya tiene su sitio fijo en el salon...




a que es graciosiiiiiiisimo?????? Mi pobre novio ya no sabe que hacer conmigo! ;-)

Luego, también vi (y compré...) estos, que aunque no tienen nada que ver con la oveja también me hiceron gracia:



También os queria decir que he vuelta a hacer aquel jersey cruzado del libro de Betty, y esta vez lo hice DESPUES de haber hecha la muestra (aunque tengo que admitir que solo hice la mitad de la muestra- soy un desastre!!!!). Esta vez si que me gusta el resultado. He utilisado lana DK de Wendy (lana inglesa; Isa, otra vez lila, has visto? ;-) y como podeis ver lo he hecho con mangas largas en lugar de mangas cortas como en el patron! Este fin de semana lo termino!


Por fin os queria contar que he hecho muchos deberes esta semana! Primero he encontrado otra tiendecita de lana! Se llama "Tricot, llanes i fils" y esta en la Calle Villarroel 144 (entre Mallorca y Valencia). Estaba cerrada asi que no pude entrar, pero de lo que vi por la ventana es muy pequeña, pero tiene lana muy bonita. Luego he entrado en la tienda de lana que descubri hace unas semanas (se llama "Punt d'arros" y esta en la Calle Balmes 106, entre Provença y Mallorca) para hacer un pequeño inspeccion de lo que habia... La verdad es que tienen mucha lana, mucha variedad y todo muy bonita, pero... aunque seria una exageracion decir que la vendedora era antipatica, tampoco era muy simpatica, y la comenté que iba a quedadas de punto y que siempre estabamos buscando tiendas, y no dijo nada, y luego despues de dos minutos me dijo "bueno, pues ya has visto lo que hay" (o sea, si no vas a comprar nada ya te puedes marchar!) Pero bueno, como dijé, tienen muchas lanas bonitas!

Pues nada chicas...después de hacerme dos regalos en un dia voy a dedicarme a limpiar la casa un poco (a ver como funcionan nuestras cabezas!). Por cierto, Betty, estoy muy contenta con mi posicion de "runner-up" en el concurso.... quuuueeeee ilussiiioooon!!!! ;-) Espero que tu dedo ya esta mejor, tengo muchas ganas de ver el jersey y los patucos acabados!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Los cardigans con sus destinatarias

Dos de los cardigans que hice llevados por sus destinatarias ayer (tienen exactamente dos semanas en las fotos). En la primera se ve el cardigan en lana rosa (con borduras en moss stitch) y con botones en forma de patito, y en la segunda el cardigan que hice con la lana que me regalo Maria:



Quuuuuéééééééééé ilusioooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

Por fin también os queria enseñar el "Garter stitch wrap top" del libro "Simple knits for cherished babies" de Erika Knight que me presto Betty y que ya he puesto en mi "Wish list" para Papa Noel (me encanta el libro!) y que empecé ayer.

Lo que no se ve en la foto es que me salio muy pequeño... a parte de utilisar una lana que no tiene nada que ver con la lana que propone la autora en el libro, no he hecho la muestra (como siempre!!!!) y por fin me encuentro castigada... asi que lo voy a deshacer, voy a cojer agujas mas grandes y otra lana y POR PRIMERA VEZ EN MI VIDA VOY HACER LA MUESTRA!!!! ;-) También he decidido cambiar el patron un poquito (también como siempre!) y voy a hacerlo con mangas largas en lugar de mangas cortas, y quizas en stocking stitch en lugar de garter stitch, aunque de este ultimo no estoy 100% segura... De todos modos, me encanta la manera en que se hace todo en un trozo (ver foto abajo)


la manera de formar las partes delanteras, etc!!!! Es que a mi me encantan los cardigans cruzados! :-)

Friday, November 18, 2005

The path to true happiness has finally been revealed

Here are - according to an article published on the BBC website last Tuesday- the 10 steps to happiness:

1. Plant something and nurture it
2. Count your blessings - at least five - at the end of each day
3. Take time to talk - have an hour-long conversation with a loved one each week
4. Phone a friend whom you have not spoken to for a while and arrange to meet up
5. Give yourself a treat every day and take the time to really enjoy it
6. Have a good laugh at least once a day
7. Get physical - exercise for half an hour three times a week
8. Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger at least once each day
9. Cut your TV viewing by half
10. Spread some kindness - do a good turn for someone every day

I tend to believe it's good to take this kind of thing (relatively) seriously, since it is often through believing in things that you can make them happen (which is why we should only ever believe in good things!) and so I started to "check" how close I am to "happiness". Three points, namely 1, 6 and 8, caught my attention most for the following reasons:

1. The most troubling step. Why? Well, I planted seeds in the window boxes on our balcony in May and, indeed, "nurtured" them. Soon enough little purple flowers (I can't remember what they're called anymore!) grew. However, the flowers have now fallen off and as you can see on the photo below, the only thing left is a big long weed that sticks out high above what is left of the flowers... the weed has invaded and taken over the box.... What does that mean about my nurturing skills and potential happiness????!!!! My only comfort is that I can honestly say that I am a very happy person.. indeed, I would rate my level of happiness between a 9 and a 9.5 out of 10... so perhaps it has another meaning, like the ability to grow and blossom despite the presence of weeds- or something! (Actually, I can think of at least one weed in my life! ;-)


6. The step I most agree with. The perfect example was our knitting meeting on Wednesday, when first Betty told us about the hilarious situation she found herself in recently (I will spare her the embarrassment of writing the details down here! ;-) and then I told them about some of the ridiculous situations I have managed to get myself in, and we all shrieked and screamed with laughter, causing quite a scene in the otherwise peaceful Starbucks we meet up in! Anyways, the point is: laughing is good and healthy, laughing is great, and we should indeed all make sure that we have a good laugh at least once a day. Betty has found the ideal way to have a good laugh this Sunday afternoon: she has organised a competition called "your most embarrassing/silly/absurd moment", and the grand prize (she will choose the winner on Sunday afternoon) is a set of 5 balls of mohair wool. I'm not much of a mohair fan, but it goes without saying that I intend to win the competition!!! :-) When I finish this post I will write down my very best "most embarrassing moment" on her blog. Is anyone else staring to think that perhaps I have too much time on my hands?! ;-) Anyway, the last thing I want to say about this point is that I thought maybe we should start thinking about starting another blog called "the come and have a good laugh blog" or something like that, where everyone contributes their silliest/most embarrassing/most ridiculous/etc. experiences, situations, thoughts, ideas etc. and where we can then go and have a good laugh at each other's expense when in need (in a nice way, of course!)!

8. The step I find most intriguing. The reason is that for about a year and a half now, every morning when I run to the tube (you can take the "run" bit quite literally!) I pass this old granny walking in the opposite direction with two little boys (probably her grandsons who she walks to school). After a few months of running past her every morning I would start to wonder what had happened if I didn't see her, and I could tell how late I was by how far along my way to the tube I ran past her. That was when I decided it was crazy that we saw each other every morning and didn't even say hello... So one day, thereby unknowingly embarking on my journey to happiness, I started smiling at her. But so now my question is: despite the fact that I don't know her name, her age or anything else about her, can she still be my stranger for the day if we have been smiling at each other for over a year now?! I have decided that to be on the safe side I should probably find myself some new strangers to smile at, even if I am likely to end up with a strange reputation if I suddenly start walking about the neighbourhood nodding and smiling left right and centre, but who cares...it's all in the name of happiness!

So there you have it- the ten steps to happiness have finally been revealed, and the good news is that happiness lies within everyone's reach- all you have to do now is believe in it and get started, and you will get there in no time! A por la felicidad amigos! :-D

Thursday, November 17, 2005

El mar en Barcelona el domingo pasado por la mañana:


Sunday, November 13, 2005

El cuarto jersey

El jueves pasado terminé el cuarto jersey (con cuello y bordes en moss stitch) para las niñas de mi amiga. Aqui teneis una foto del jersey (con botones en forma de patitos) y otra foto con los cuatro juntos:


El viernes fui a ver a las niñas, y son preciosas, tan pequenitas. Ahora queria hacer el segundo gorro (solo hice uno y hay dos bebés!) y mas patucos, pero me he dejado seducir por un patron para otro jersey de bebé en un libro francés, y ya lo he empezado a pesar de que realmente queria hacer el otro gorrito y mas patucos... que poca disciplina tengo!!! Pero por supuesto hacer algo que no has hecho nunca antes tiene mucho mas encanto que hacer algo que ya has hecho varias veces... ;-)

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Ya nacieron las niñas de mi amiga

Después de unos cuantos dias mas de ausencia, me voilà de nouveau! Hoy solo va ser un mensaje breve porque esta noche también tengo un monton de cosas que hacer, pero para decir que el sabado nacieron las niñas de mi amiga, y todo va bien. Asi que ahora estoy tejiendo como una loca, porque llegaron 16 dias antes de la fecha prevista, y contaba con aquellos dias...esto es lo que he logrado hacer para ellas hasta ahora:


Esta noche espero terminar el cuarto jersey (dos para cada una!) y un segundo goro. Ademas, queria hacer dos o tres pares de patucos para cada una, pero como dijé...llegaron 16 dias antes de la fecha prevista! No me han tomado en cuenta! ;-) Aqui os pongo una foto de los animalitos que he comprado para regalarlas junto con la ropita de lana y dos mini-pantalones:


Voy a ponerlo todo en una cesta que también voy a regalar a mi amiga, y que después podria utilizar para guardar los peluches, los pañales, etc. En esta foto se ve junto con los pantalones:


Ya os diré como les queda todo! :-)

By the way- the granny CVs have been flowing in, all of them great, but luckily we have, at long last, managed to pick a winner! As promised, her CV will be published on the booteeblog either tomorrow or on Wednesday! She is a truly unique candidate, to say the least...

A mis amigas de Barcelona Knits: nos vemos mañana! Besos! Y a los demas (Anna, Sylvie, Laurie, etc.... hay que actualizar vuestros blogs!!!!!) ;-)

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Age test

This is what I received this morning:

This was developed as an age test by an R&D department at Harvard University.
Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without making a mistake.The average person over 40 years of age can't do it!

1. This is this cat
2. This is is cat
3. This is how cat
4. This is to cat
5. This is keep cat
6. This is an cat
7. This is old cat
8. This is person cat
9. This is busy cat
10. This is for cat
11. This is forty cat
12. This is seconds cat

Now go back and read the third word in each line from the top down.

(Hihi... I know, it's very silly, but still quite funny :-)

Friday, October 28, 2005

On how my Beautiful Mum chickened out of being Booteeful Mum, self-help books and foul-mouthed grannies.

After a few hectic days- me voici de retour!

The big news is that my mother very kindly decided to sign up with blogspot.com so that she could leave me messages, which I think is great. However, as the title says, she chickened out of being Booteefulmama which was her original idea, and is now mumberlin... which is OK (if you say it out loud it sounds like you’re mumbling “mumbling”, which I think is quite funny!) BUT my first choice still goes to booteefulmama- what do others think? We could end up having all kinds of booteeful things and people here! As for my booteefulmama’s comment, “Love the chickens - ooops! you're not clucky, are you?” the answer is “no”: it will be a long time yet before the eggs in this nest start to hatch (although I hope that when they do the chicks will be booteeful too), but in the meantime I too love my chickens and I think knitted baby clothes (and especially bootees!) make great presents! So, for anyone else who was wondering about the motives behind the booteeblog, they are all very innocent, believe me!

Apart from that excitement, in between two classes yesterday, I decided to hop into a bookshop on Rambla de Cataluña called “Excellence”. They only have a very small selection of books in English, but I always find them very intriguing. After reading the blurb on the back of about a dozen books, I ended choosing from among the following four:

1. “How compatible are you” by Allan and Barbara Pease,
2. “It’s not how good you are, it’s how good you want to be” by Paul Arden,
3. “The five people you meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom
4. A book called something along the lines of “Thoughts for the stressed”, by an author whose name I can’t remember.

I ended up walking out of the shop with number 3 in my bag. Why? Well, although I was very drawn to book no. 1, it made me think of my man and the image of the chickens in our living room appeared before my eyes, and I thought: I already know the answer to that one! (I know, so cheesy you could be sick!) Next, I decided no. 2 might be just that bit too inspiring for me now and I might end up wanting to make radical changes in my life which, to tell you the truth, I am feeling too lazy for at the moment. But I have the title on a piece of paper in my bag, and sooner or later I will let the book into my life. Finally, I decided that at the age of 26 I was simply too young to give in to books aimed at “the stressed”, or to actually belong to "the stressed"; like with the booteeful chicks, my motto here is: everything in due time. The time to be truly stressed will surely come, so I decided that for now I might as well focus on other things. Like who I might meet in heaven, for instance. Yes, book no. 3, of course. In a nutshell, the book is about a man who dies and goes to heaven, and finds that instead of the Garden of Eden he was expecting, heaven is a place where your life is explained to you by five people who played a fundamental role in the course it took- as I said, intriguing, to say the least. What’s more, Amy Tan’s comment on the back of the book is “This book is a gift to the soul”, and after a few hectic days, I decided it was time to treat my soul.

The reason I bought a new book is because I have very nearly finished the book I have been reading for about two weeks now. It is called “Having a lovely time” (written by Jenny Eclair) and although it’s a good read –at times it is hysterically funny- it is also terribly vulgar. So much so that there were many pages I stopped reading in the tube for fear of people reading along over my shoulder! But, as long as you can handle that kind of stuff, it is, as I said, not a bad read.

Talking about vulgar- this afternoon I was yet again shocked at how vulgar my 85-year-old neighbour can be when she wants to! And she is not the only one- I can think of at least two other old ladies in our building who shock me on a regular basis. Perhaps I am prude, that may well be true, but these grannies are foul-mouthed! Still- I love my Spanish grannies. Somehow they are very comforting; no matter what your problem is, no matter how big or small, they squeeze your hand and tell you that they can feel “everything is going to be OK”, that life these days just isn’t what it used to be, and that good things happen to good people (I like to think they are implying that, therefore, I have nothing to worry about). Yes, grannies definitely bring you the “feel good factor”, and everyone should have a granny in his or her life. In fact, the other day my friend (who has just moved here) and I decided that she too should find a granny here (our real grannies live far away, unfortunately). So far she has met one old lady with granny-potential in her new neighbourhood, but we are still on the look out for more. If anyone interested is reading this, please send your CV to thebooteeblog with a short summary of your experience and qualities as a granny (comforting, knitting and baking skills, etc.). Foul-mouthed grannies are welcome too.

Finally, since this is, after all, a knitting blog, here is a photo of the little cardigan I have just finished, again for my friend who is having twins next month. I have to admit that I am quite chuffed with the way it turned out. I am about to start matching bootees.





We have friends over this weekend from Montpellier, so I will take lots and lots of photos and post them on here next week.

Hasta la proxima! Booteeful.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Greek honey, chickens and a serious wool addiction

First and foremost:

A great big thank you to Doina for sending me the very best honey in the world, all the way from Athens! Not only is the jar very stylish (as you can all see!) but the honey is absolutely delicious! So muchas, muchas gracias! :-)


Besides the delicious jar of honey, I am also very excited about the pair of chickens my friend and I found in town a few days ago. I have decided they look like me and my man- of course you can all guess who is who! ;-) Although some people might think I am slighly insane to get excited about papier-mâché chickens, I cannot help but feel they fit perfectly into our living room! Here are some photos so you can see for yourselves:



Finally, y esto para mis amigas de Barcelona Knits, os pongo una foto de la cesta que tengo en el salon con toda mi lana.... y otra de lo que hay dentro...y como ya dijimos tantas veces, como la tipica "tejedora"....NO TENGO LANA!!! ;-) Necesito mas y mas y mas...


There you go- next time I announce (like any "true" knitter) that I desperately need more wool, nobody will believe me!

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Three new recruits!

Yes, it's true! Here are my three latest recruits!!! :-) It's always nice when people follow the good examples you set! Keep it up, chicas!!! ;-)

Visita de Londres


Ante todo: gracias Nadine por tu ayuda! :) Ya podeis ver que con la ayuda de Nadine he conseguido poner el link de teje-teje en mi blog! Que bien! :) Estoy muy contenta! A ver que mas aprendo... :)

Pues como ya dije el otro dia (tengo que cambiar el teclado de este ordenador porque es un "azerty" francés y es muchisimo rollo poner los accentos en español! A ver si lo hago esta semana!) han venido dos buenas amigas de Londres a vernos a mi amiga Sylvie (que vive aqui desde hace unas cuatro semanas) y a mi, y la verdad es que lo hemos pasado muy bien. En la primera foto arriba a la derecha nos ves por la tarde, antes de salir. Y en la foto abajo las ves a las seis de la madrugada, despues de una noche de juerga!


Como sabeis pedi a una de mis amigas que trajera patrones de Londres, y asi fue que Mandy mando a su madre (muchas gracias Mandy + mama!) a una gran tienda (John Lewis) con mi lista de patrones (todo para ropita de bébé, por supuesto! :) pero resulta que de todos los patrones que queria, solo tenian uno!!! Aun asi estoy muy contenta con el. Aqui os pongo la foto:



El viernes por la noche nos enteramos que otros amigos nuestros tambien estan
esperando un bébé (para el mes de marzo) asi que ahora tenemos una amiga
que va tener dos niñas en noviembre (todo lo que estoy haciendo ahora es para
ella), una amiga y una prima mia que van a tener bébés en diciembre, otros buenos amigos que van a tener un bébé en enero, estos en marzo y una prima de mi novio en mayo...Y todavia tengo que terminar unas cosas para el bébé de la mejora amiga de mi novio que nacio a finales de agosto, para mi ahijado que tambien nacio a finales de agosto (le quiero hacer un jersey con capucha para Navidad) y para el bébé de mi primo, que nacio el mes pasado. Asi que ya veis...mis agujas no van a descansar ni un segundo! Iré poniendo todo aqui! :)

Friday, October 21, 2005

Gracias Nadine y Mae! Nadine, tengo un monton de preguntas para ti porque la verdad es que no entiendo muy bien como funciona todo...luego te escribo! Pero gracias por ser las primeras en dejarme un mensaje! :) Aqui pongo otro jersey que he hecho para uno de los bébés de una amiga mia (va tener dos niñas). Nadine ya lo ha visto! A ver si consigo poner mas fotos! Hoy llegan dos amigas de Londres, y ya podeis adivinar lo que les pidé de alli...claro que si, lana y patrones! :)

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Yipppeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Yippeeeee!!!! I'm so excited, I've just created my very first blog... but I have no idea how to use it, or how to contact the other bloggers I know... mmmm...am going to try and figure that out now, I'll be back!!!

Cardigan con la lana de Maria

Hihihi!! Este mensaje (ya el segundo!) es para mis amigas de
Barcelona Knits! Maria, aqui ves una foto del cardigan que he
hecho con la lana que trajiste de Granada! :-)

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Y los bootees, por supuesto!


Y aqui los patucos que acabo de hacer (un modelo antiguo de Phildar)!