Wow, I dipped my feet in the Mediterrian.. sunshine, tapas, and cerveza, por favor. Americas Cup (sailing) in the background. Wow, My conference speach went great. I walked around the city (all closed) on sunday- then you cannot see any shops. Working all monday, and some morning hours before the flight back, I found (with bad spanish, and help from hotel) a shop. The owner's nose was so high up she was falling backwards (I suspect she did not like foreigners, and did not like to talk to non-spanish). She sold 100% acrylic yarn for 1 Euro (Yikes; it was terrible!).
But, I tried: Angora???? yepp, for 4.50 Euros for 10 grams I got some small ball's with me home for a fortune. Hmm..I'm sure there are better shops. This is not recommended... Lana something on Christina street (just between townhall square and market). Safe to write, since no-one understands english ;-( Well, I needed something in the yarnhole (did not buy ANYTHING elseok, some tapas and beer!)... But I saw a lot of really nice knitted sweaters.
Great inspiration, but as always I think (I can do that better!). So, grabbed one of my knits (the lightweight one). CashCotton 4ply from Rowan - I'm knitting Julia from Summer Collection nr 11. And, after 4 boring hours in transit (Madrid airport) I got one the first pattern (lace) of 24 rows. I have of course changed the pattern to circular needles, and added an extra 20 cm (Rowan sizes are pygmy women that do not eat, sorry I mean models ;-) not REAL women.
So... I was knitting until 3 a clock last nite - and note, I was ALMOST finished with the rib when I started. Will this be a slow knit? You bet.
So I think it is my next long trip (Vienna, Austria and Shanghai, China) so, yarnshops anyone??? (well, it is work again ;-) But, lots of time to knit on the plane and airports ;-)