Finished Projects, Katja, Knitting, My Week in Pictures, Travel

January 2014 Round Up

General Pics

January started in the standard way, with lots of fabulous fireworks. We stayed in and watched them from the comfort of our couch – very cosy!

For a minute there I thought the business to the left was doing private parties! #lookagain

And while picking up Katja from Nursery the street was blocked off by firefighters. Turns out there was a building well and truly ablaze on the other side of the canal. It’s since been torn down, which is no great loss – was a bit of an eyesore.


Katja is starting to try to help around the house, which is really quite sweet. She’ll sweep up with the broom, put on the rubber gloves and even tries to season the chicken.

I popped into a local charity shop and scored a toddler sized handbag and very pretty denim dress for Katja – and no pink or cartoon/princess characters in site.

Meanwhile we’re into the 7th month of Bump and she’s starting to look a little more obvious now!

London Trip

This month we popped down to London for a long weekend. The idea was to meet up with Suzy and Dave to celebrate their recent nuptuals, but that didn’t quite work out. Never mind – we got to catch up with Ilze and Paul and with Gavin and take Katja to the Natural History Museum, which she adored.

We went down by train which we booked online only to find that had put us in separate seats with no table despite our wishes. And as there was no way of letting them know that we had an under 2 with us oh my what a nightmare that would have been! Luckily for us we were travelling off peak and the wheelchair spaces were free for both journeys giving us the space that we needed for 5+ hours of train time with a toddler.


This month started with one finished item – a jumper for Katja which unfortunately ended up just a tad too small 🙁 An unusual construction technique didn’t really pay off so eventually I’ll make another for her using the same yarn.

I also started on my Birthday Damask Shawl – a fabulous gift from Liz. I’d been eyeing this pattern off for years and had somehow elevated it to the “wow” level. I also found the prospect of starting by casting on over 300 stitches for the long edge to be overwhelming and I was convinced it would be a drag to knit. Boy was I wrong – I haven’t enjoyed knitting something so much for quite a long time. Actually, probably not since the last time I knit lace. Perhaps I should be looking more at lace patterns to knit!

Katja, My Lifestream, My Week in Pictures, Travel

Week 44 2012 In Pictures (Oct 29 – Nov 4)

Week 44 is from Monday October 29, 2012 until (and including) Sunday November 4, 2012

This week Katja grappled with a giant platypus, I made some nommy cake, and we all travelled down to London where naturally I visited Loop.

The *only* way to deal with a giant platypus...
20121029 – The *only* way to deal with a giant platypus…

Time for taayy and cake
20121031 – Time for taayy and cake, banana cake which I haven’t made in ages but which turned out very very nommy

20121102 – After a long trip just one more train to catch

20121102 – But at least the food’s good here, just like home cooking!

Guess where
20121102 – Guess where… yes that’s a lovely big box of Wollmeise at Loop in London

20121103 – Katja plays with Papa

20121104 – So much to look at!

20121104 – I love these lights! Only in London…

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20121104 – Laderee make the nommiest macaroons. Hmm really *must* try making some myself

Memory Monday

Memory Monday – A Mystery!

I stumbled across this hidden doorway with it’s sculpture of Queen Elizabeth I while in London back in 2001. At the time I remember being quite in awe of the fact that here was a sculpture of Elizabeth outside of one of her palaces – for some reason it seems to me to be exceedingly rare. If I remember rightly, this was a little hidden church. The only trouble is that I have no idea where it is and despite kind of looking on subsequent trips, I’ve been unable to find her again. If you know the answer to this mystery please do let me know!



Craft, Yarnstrosity

Yarnstrosities at Ally Pally

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Knitting and Stitching Show in the Alexander Palace in London this year with Ilze. We saw lots of amazing things, hundreds of stalls and yes even found some wollmeise. Knowing me I shall plan yet completely fail to actually write a blog post about the goodies so I’m not even going to attempt to promise that.

These shows often include artistic and interesting displays. Here’s a few of the yarnstrosities that I found.

Can-Can spotted in a non-scarf way. Still blagh. Even less useful than Can-Can.


Still creepy.

This one makes no sense. Although judging by this image, it has “graced” a catwalk at some point.

Clearly being a model is NOT glamerous.