A new year means new adventures
Watching the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle from the comfort of home
At first I thought these were the same venue
Firefighters block off part of the street
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 likes the Ba-aa-aa
Tractor was a hit
Katja makes Papa pretty
Mummy thinks this would be a great night-time game but MissK disagrees!
Dinner will be followed by a bath!
The ipad and Papa’s side of the bed = lazy Friday mornings with #MissKatja
Helping Mummy get the roast chicken ready
Annabell goes ni-nighs
Charity shop finds
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!
Bob the Builder car is a winner – tantrum when we left!
Looking regal at Regent’s Park
For Pygmalion fans…
MissKatja takes in London
MissKatja and her Papa in London
British museum – obligatory roof shot
London’s Natural History Museum – a screaming success!
Someone was very tired at Kings Cross station on Tuesday
Wheelchair/pram space on train – perfect spot for big lit-up red button! #whosbrightidea
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 thetrainline.com 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.
First 2014 finished item
First 2014 finished item
Started my Damask Birthday Shawl
Damask Birthday Shawl – I’m even putting in lifelines
Damask Birthday Shawl – showing my straw stitch markers with tails which are perfect for lace
Coming along nicely
Really speeding through
Finished! Well, the knitting part at least
Love the texture
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!