Angus’ First Birthday

Angus’ First Birthday

Today is my nephew Angus’ first birthday. Katja and I spent a good two hours on Skype with the family in Australia. It was the first time that the two cousins had actually met, they tend to be asleep when Tegan and I chat. Gus seemed quite interested in Katja. Katja for her part was more interested in food and cuddles, but then she is only 7 weeks’ old. It was great to see him and to hear him – he’s certainly very vocal. Tegan and Dan have done a great job with him, I’m proud as punch of the two of them and can’t wait to see them in person again.

While chatting we had the electrician come over to test the appliances in the flat that belong to the landlord. Of course we were told about this yesterday so I hadn’t had a chance to tidy a great deal, but sod it – I have a new baby and things will not be tidy. I ended up having an argument with the guy over the smoke detector. The one provided by the landlord is plugged into the mains and has a battery back-up. We’ve removed it from the plug and pulled out the battery. The reason we’ve done this is that it goes off every single time we cook – even just boiling water will sometimes set the damn thing off. We’ve complained about it before. And it’s just high enough that I can’t reach it to turn it off easily.

While I was pregnant I certainly didn’t want to be climbing on chairs every time I cooked lunch and with a newborn I don’t want the stupid thing to wake her and nor do I want her to get so used to it that she doesn’t wake. So, we pulled it out and purchased another one which sits at a spot where I can turn it off about a foot down from the ceiling. The electrician didn’t like this, and it took a few minutes of heated debate before he decided that a working smoke detector slightly not perfectly placed was better than a disabled smoke detector.

On the craft front I’ve finally finished the knitting part of my iPad cosy, just got to seam it all up which will be done today. I’ve then to choose my next project. Am I the only person who can spend years trying to work out what to do next?
Here’s my current options

Cushion Covers
I want to make a set of 4 cushion covers. I waver between richly cabled or simple stitch patterns like a crocheted trinity stitch. I know that I don’t want a stocking stitch cover. Christian wants a bright green and I prefer deep purples. Too many variables, too hard to work out how much yarn I would need. This project has stopped before it’s started and I’ve spent hours on it!

Super Warm Jumper
I really like this jumper, have a deep purple yarn to make it with, but it’s so warm that I think I’ll find it very difficult at the moment. Still I’d love to have it done before December.

Spoke jumper
I have the yarn for this one as well in red. I think it looks awesome but again another that will be crazy warm for knitting in August.

Wingspan
Gorgeous scarf/shawl and I have some stunning rainbow yarn which I’ve seen it made up in. This is a distinct possibility.

Venus or Freya
Alternatively I could do some crochet and try one of Aoibhe’s new gorgeous shawls…

Decisions decisions… I can see I’m going to be here a while so in the meantime here’s a little video from this morning.