Finished Projects, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 13.31 – Fair Isle Finished

Week 31 already! And a quick checks shows that I’m currently 19 weeks behind in my weekly posts. Hmm, not so good – lots of work to do to catch that lot up! I maintain that the reason for this is the gorgeous summer weather we’ve been having, it’s been so long that the novelty is yet to wear off.

So week 31 saw me finally finish knitting up the super secret fair isle project. Great news, except for all the horrid ends that I’ve to sew in. My swatch made me think that carrying them up the side wouldn’t work – I think if I were to do another I’d try to twist them up the side rather than break them.

Knitting finished. Time to sew in all the ends #fairisle
20130729 – Knitting finished. Time to sew in all the ends #fairisle

It took me 3 days to get the ends sewn in. If there hadn’t been a deadline I reckon they’d still be attached! The end result, BTW is absolutely gorgeous and I’ll show you as soon as I’m allowed to.

The ends! #knitting #fairisle
20130731 – The ends! #knitting #fairisle

I also cut into some very happy fabric with the intention of making a new cot bumper for Katja’s playpen. It’s currently sitting on my sewing machine waiting for me to fgure out just how I’m going to sew it all together and maintain perfectly straight lines.

Happy fabric #sewing
20130729 – Happy fabric #sewing

Katja is walking like a champ now. She seemed to give up for a week or so when her grandparents were visiting, but now she’s walking about 75% of the time. Such a cute walk, kind of like taking steps to not fall over.

Self portrait #misskatja
20130803 – Self portrait #misskatja

Craft, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures

Week 13.27 – Lemoncello and German

Week 27 from July 1st to July 7th was one of glorious weather in Edinburgh. The city is truly magnificent when the sun shines, it’s just a pity that it shines so rarely! Mum retired this week, a major milestone in her life and kind of a watershed in mine. I’ve also had some distressing news from home which makes me feel every centimetre of the distance between Edinburgh and Melbourne, but I shan’t dwell on that now as I’m hoping for better news later in the week.

I’ve started playing with Duolingo to learn German. It’s kind of language learning by game play and so far I’m really enjoying it – I wonder if we’ll ever get to the point where more and more is taught in such a manner, imagine being able to earn history or physics by playing games. I’m up to level 6 so far and have 196 words apparently. The important thing is that I’m doing a little bit each day, currently I’m on an 8 day streak.

I’m still working on the cardigan for Katja, not much to go now – I could really get it finished in a few short hours, but I’ve been waylaid by a super secret fair isle project. I’ve never worked fair isle before so naturally I’ve opted to do a project that will test me – fair isle in the round and a small diameter. I’ve worked a practice swatch in the round. Can’t wait to show you but it will need to wait until I get the OK to do so.

Last night I did the final step to get my lemoncello ready. I started this process backin March and I have to say the results are rather awesome. I’ll do a post with a recipe at some point cos I’m definitely going to be doing this again!

And last night poor Katja wasn’t well, she’s had a bit of a fever and cold the last couple of days. Still she seems to have pretty much worked out how to stand on her own. I think the combination of being ill (teething again?) and this exciting new skill were too much, we didn’t get to seep until 3am. I reckon she’ll be walking by the end of the month. It remains to be seen which country she takes her first steps in and whether she does so before or after her Oma and Opa arrive.

Big girl can feed herself :)
130701 – Big girl can feed herself 🙂

Yellow
130702 – Yellow – saw these in a second hand shop and they looked so bright and happy that I would have bought them if they’d been in my size.

Love my amethyst stitch markers from SpinPretty www.etsy.com/uk/shop/spinpretty
130703 – Love my amethyst stitch markers from SpinPretty

Don't trust the cardboard wine carriers from @marksandspencer like this poor guy did #waste
130704 – Don’t trust the cardboard wine carriers from @marksandspencer like this poor guy did #waste. He lost two bottles of wine and made the bus smell like an old man at a bar. I would have been livid!

Home made lemoncello - nom!
130707 – Home made lemoncello – nom!

Craft, Katja, My Week in Pictures, Shopping, Travel

Week 13.17 – Puffing Billy

Week 17 from April 22nd to 28th. This week we were in Melbourne enjoying the sunshine and a trip on Puffing Billy.

MissK is sleeping like a baby after yesterday's terrifying swimming pool ordeal
20130422 – MissK is sleeping like a baby after yesterday’s terrifying swimming pool ordeal. Poor thing cried the entire time we were there and clung to me like never before. The only plus side is that she’s slept so well since.

The Hopetoun Tea Rooms in #Melbourne
20130423 – The Hopetoun Tea Rooms in #Melbourne would have to be one of my favourite cafes. I never knew of the links to Edinburgh until last year’s trip to Hopetoun House, a place all Melbournians visiting Edinburgh should get to.

Apparently failure to proofread is not considered a shortcut in the painting business
20130423 – Apparently failure to proofread is not considered a shortcut in the painting business. Brilliant fail!

$2.80 for leather shoes - let me think about tha.. YES!!!
20130423 – $2.80 for leather shoes – let me think about tha.. YES!!! #shoppingwin

Today we visited the lolly shop! #theyarnbarn
20130423 – Today we visited the lolly shop! #theyarnbarn

Female Superb Lyrebird
20130427 – Female Superb Lyrebird. I’ve only ever seen one in the wild once before. Couldn’t get a good shot of the guy who was wooing her.

Puffing Billy, view from carriage
20130427 – Puffing Billy, view from carriage. So glad that you can still hang out the windows, an awesome day.

My Week in Pictures, Travel

Week 13.16 – Adelaide and Melbourne

Week 16 from April 15th to 21st and finds us in sunny Adelaide and Melbourne.

Trying to choose one!
20130415 – Trying to choose one! In the end I chose a purple leather purse at a market for much less than these cost.

Small version for a young lady #tatting
20130415 – Small version for a young lady #tatting. It’s always nice to make something special for a special little girl.

3D printer looks quite funky
20130416 – 3D printer looks quite funky. Isn’t it amazing what technology can do, imagine what life will be like in ten years’ time!

Dead Zoo Melbourne - fabulous display
20130420 – Dead Zoo Melbourne – fabulous display. The screens showed the animals around you, you tapped on an animal to find out more. Seemed to make it so much more interactive than I remember it being.

Vasette
20130420 – Vasette in Fitzroy, one of my favourite florists and just as gorgeous as I remember it.

My Week in Pictures, Travel

Week 13.15.2 – Adelaide

Week 15 from April 8th to 14th but this post only covers the days in Adelaide.

9:30 just dropped @docsaemann off at work. It's 26 degrees #adelaide #thisisthelife
20130410 – 9:30am just dropped Christian off at work. It’s 26 degrees #adelaide #thisisthelife

Chillin on a balmy autumn evening
20130410 – Chillin on a balmy autumn evening

China Town #adelaide
20130410 – China Town #adelaide

St Francis #adelaide
20130410 – St Francis #adelaide

Oily! #showinmyage #memories #adelaide
20130411 – Oily! #showinmyage #memories #adelaide This character was on TV for a number of years (or so it seemed) advertising Kraft peanut butter

"This
20130413 – This Irish man has been sitting in the sun a tad too long…

Only one way to work out what this is... #adelaide
20130414 – There’s only one way to work out what this is… #adelaide

Ahh proper swans!
20130414 – Ahh proper swans!

My Week in Pictures, Travel

Week 13.15.1 Australia!

Week 15 from April 8th to 14th but this post only covers the days in Melbourne before we headed of to Adelaide.

VW crab
20130408 – a VW Crab, I’ll never look at that logo the same way again

Movie time #melbourne
20130408 – Movie time at Federation Square in Melbourne

Lemon... Sour...
20130408 – Katja’s first taste of lemon… sour… but she went back for more!

Melbourne trams
20130408 – Melbourne Trams – they join up and they’ve been running all my life!

Katja and Gus playing together #cousins
20130409 – Katja and Gus playing together #cousins

Silly face time with Natalia and Mark
20130409 – Silly face time with Natalia and Mark

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.14 – Off to Australia!

Week 14 from April 1st to 7th saw us jetting off to Australia where Katja got to meet her cousin, aunts and uncles for the first time and catch up with Grandma and Grandpa.

Snow! #aus13
130401 – Snow! As we leave Edinburgh we see snow on the ground.

Katja and Granddad
130403 – And we’ve arrived! Katja and her Grandad. <3

Gus shows Katja his trampoline
130403 – Gus was keen to show Katja his trampoline. Katja needed no encouragement!

Sunshine feels fabulous!
130404 – Sunshine feels fabulous!

Flora
130404 – Fabulous Aussie flora – Eucalyptus trees smell awesome.

Not impressed with her first haircut!
130405 – Not impressed with her first haircut!

Dessert sorted!
130405 – Dessert is sorted!

Love this tunnel entrance #melbourne
130406 – Love this tunnel entrance #Melbourne

New sensations - sunshine and grass
130406 – New sensations – sunshine and grass

Day at the beach
130407 – Day at the beach

Happy girl
130407 – Happy girl

Greengrocer #abundance #fresh
130407 – Greengrocer. Really miss this sight! #abundance #fresh