Ruth and I like to find images and souvenirs of sheep and of ammonites when we are away from the shop. My contribution this time is this picture. It may look like an ammonite but it is a somewhat vertiginous view down the spiral staircase of the Belfry of the Prioral Sant Pere in Reus, Catalonia. The family and I climbed the tower during our holiday there this Summer and I took the photo looking down the centre of the staircase. Although it was very hot, it wasn't too bad walking up the stairs as there was a landing every 30 steps. Even so 130 steps was quite a lot -- you can't climb right to the top so don't get to enjoy climbing the total 214. The Priory of Sant Pere, built in the fifteenth century over a Romanesque church was consecrated in 1569 and the belfry tower is visible for a kilometre around. The view from the top is stunning although you need to be careful not to be there when the bells ring as it is a bit startling (there was a group of unsuspecting teenagers standing by the bell when it rang while I was up there and their feet very nearly left the ground!).
Reus is the birthplace of the architect Antonio Gaudi who was baptised in the church and whose influence can be seen all around the town and is celebrated in the Gaudi (visitor) Centre. As we flew in and out of Barcelona we took the opportunity to visit Gaudis's breathtaking tour de force, the Sagrado Familia. The picture here is of the light show caused by the sun coming through the stained glass windows -- I may have to start dyeing yarn so that I can reproduce some of stunning colours.
Generally Ruth and I are pretty good at staggering our holidays but this year we've failed! We are both going away with family which meant a lot of juggling and ended up with us both booking the same week! The shop will be closed for business on Friday 18th August and will reopen on Tuesday 29th. I'll be back refreshed and re-invigorated ready for the Tuesday drop in on the 29th and Ruth will be back the following week. If you need yarn for next week you'll need to come in by the end of tomorrow to stock up, otherwise we'll see you the week after.
Holidays though, means lots of thought about what projects to take so that I can ignore them for a week! I will need to take car knitting -- probably my Ammonite Shawl www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ammonite-shawl as it's got a simple but interesting lace pattern. After that it may be crochet for plane (as I'm more confident of getting a crochet hook through security and I haven't finished my crochet holiday top yet!) and then another lightweight project -- possibly PImlico by Anniken Allis www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pimlico-4 After that I need to take some crochet hooks and yarn to teach my sister to crochet while we are there. I feel I should take another project too but maybe that would be over the top as we are only away for a week and I'll need to read a couple of novels too.
Let's hope for the sake of our luggage allowance that there aren't any lovely yarn shops in Barcelona and Tarragona or I may have to leave some clothes behind!
The promise of some of Ruth's maple, banana and pecan muffins got Greg and Peter in to start on the remodelling of our work-space on Sunday this week. Ruth's parents followed later with home-made biscuits and the work was well on it's way. Just clearing the space took some forethought as we needed to move it so that we can still access stock and trade as normal. Ruth had already made a good start transferring from the store rooms to the understairs cupboard -- I don't know what Harry Potter can have been complaining about as our stairs cupboard is cavernous -- you could easily fit a small wizard in!
Greg and Peter did sterling work taking down a partition and everyone else was moving worktops, flooring, shelving -- they all worked really hard. Jenny got the easy job of playing board games with Elizabeth as she really is a bit small to help dismantle shelves.
Now that most of the room has been taken apart, we've been able to plan what we need to build a kitchenette and visualise more easily the teaching/workshop space. Next, we send Greg and Ruth's mum to the DIY shop and then we can start painting, decorating and rebuilding. Hopefully most of it will be done before we go on holiday on the 18th and we'll be ready to open and celebrate our new workshop space in September.
The shop is open as usual while we transform the back rooms.
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Here we will share our experiences of running a local yarn shop in South Wales.