My Week in Pictures

Week 12.52 Christmas

Week 52 runs from December 24 to 30. It’s the last week of 2012, Christmas week and we’re in Germany.

Christmas morning

20121225 – Katja’s first Christmas, wearing the dress that I knit for her.

A new trick for Christmas Day!

20121225 – A new trick for Christmas Day! Katja discovers what I’ve been telling her for months now – her cute little toes are nommy!

Watching a movie with Daddy

20121225 – Watching a movie with Daddy.

There's exactly 2 chances of this face leading to sleep - Buckley's and none!

20121226 – We put the little girl down for a nap and a few minutes later I decided to check on her – this is what I saw! There’s exactly 2 chances of this face leading to sleep – Buckley’s and none!

Aunty Jenna makes awesome presents!

20121228 – Aunty Jenna makes awesome presents!

Choir concert in a baroque church

20121230 – Winfridia choir concert in the baroque Fulda city church.

Craft, Knitting, Parenthood, Tatting

Next Project is Picked!

That went a lot faster than I thought it would – yes, I’ve managed to pick my next project. In fact I think I’ve picked my next two projects. This is a huge achievement, normally it takes me a week to pick a project, not a day. I tend to umm and ahh about which yarn, which colour, what pattern and then go around and around in circles for ages. I’ve been wanting to do cushion covers for months now and finally I’ve settled on a yarn/colourway which I’ll need to order. Haven’t worked out the pattern yet!

After going through pretty much every beret pattern on Ravelry I’ve settled on Frukttradgard by Melissa LaBarre. It has the lacy prettyness that I am always drawn to, but with the added bonus of it being in the right yarn weight (roughly) and having a good number of projects with positive notes. For those who can’t see it or who don’t want to follow the links here’s the pattern image and the yarn I’m planning on making it in:

That yarn is absolutely divine – it’s 50% Merino wool, 10% silk and 40% possum. It is so amazingly soft and warm. Unfortunately the possum is harvested after the animals have been culled and so this yarn is a by-product of pest control processes in New Zealand. It’s not a nice thing to have to cull pests, but with New Zealand’s fauna being even more crazily endangered than Australia’s I fully understand. It’s a nice thing that we can at least use the product and so not let these guys go to waste.

And as for the next project after that – it will be crochet but more details when we get there (yes, I’m likely to change my mind!).

I met another Aussie at knitting last night. Jen is doing her own show at the Fringe Festival and decided to join us. Always great to be able to talk about home and to hear the accent as well. I do often wonder if I sound like that! Part of me kinda hopes I do, at least a little. I also designed a new tatting piece, which is currently blocking. I’m quite excited about it but I shall tell you all about it in another post very very soon.

So far I’ve been to the last 3 Thursday knitting nights. It’s getting to be quite a nice routine that we have going on. Christian comes home from work a little earlier so that he can take Katja and I can have some me-time. We are so lucky that he has the ability to control his day like that and bottle-feeding certainly gives us a lot of freedom. Christian also looks forward to his Daddy time with Katja which is lovely.

And talking about Katja (which I know I will do an awful lot, but then I’m not forcing you to read am I?) one of the things we wanted to buy before she came along was a baby monitor, but being all frugal we opted instead for a security webcam. For £50 our little unit can be controlled by our PCs so we can tilt and pan as we like. It works with infra-red so no need to keep lights on, has audio and you can also set it up to transmit so that the family in Australia can log on and see what the Munchkin is up to.

We decided not to set up that last feature, even though it’s a big part of the £200 “proper” baby monitors. Katja is sleeping in our room as per the SIDS recommendations, the idea of others being able to log in and move the camera around our bedroom is a bit freaky. Still, as a basic baby monitor it works very well and it is nice to be able to peek at her as she sleeps. When we nolonger want a baby monitor we’ll be able to use it as a security camera – you can set it up to email you if it detects movement.

So to end today’s post here’s Katja sleeping “soundly”.

Stuff, Tatting


Oh what a horrid night – even new parents get more sleep than I got last night. In the end I just got up, it seemed the most sensible thing to do. Once again a sleepless night right after eating steak – what is it with steak??? Does anyone else have that problem?

I’ve got a day of hospital visits and meetings, blocked up solid – no idea when I’m supposed to work, or do my own projects or pack for my holiday.

On the projects plate I’m working on a gift for a friend at the moment, can’t really say much about it except that there’s two halves and I’ve only finished one and the deadline is tonight – eek! There will be photos.. Knit Night tonight so hopefully I’ll be able to get all finished – that is unless I fall asleep!



The fire alarm went of this evening at about 6:30pm. I went downstairs (using the stairs not the lift) and out onto the street. Noone else seemed to be doing that. No fire trucks anywhere to be seen so I called building management. The guy there had me go to the fire panel and read out all sorts of stuff from it before he decided that all was ok.

The at 12:45am it went off again. I was asleep, but I dragged myself out of bed and got dressed and went downstairs. Arnaud decided that he didn’t want to. Once again I seemed to be the only person doing this. A few women from the block next door came in an disabled the alarm then disappeared. I called building management again.

Now here I am at 1:30am waiting for the guy to turn up so that I can let him in to take a look. I now that the alternative is that I’ll get woken up again in a few hours if the thing is faulty – I’ve had that happen before. I’ve also had the situation before where there was a real fire in the basement carpark.

I can understand the desire to stay in bed, I really want to be there – but honestly, alarms are supposed to be there for a reason.

I feel rather annoyed. Surely someone else who’s more awake could be doing this right now instead of me!

OK, I’ve let the guy in. He’s told me that I can go back to bed – I’m so hoping that’s my last interruption for the night.


Sleep Easy

I’ve been having trouble sleeping for a while. Nothing too serious, just a general not sleeping as well as I used to type of thing. That’s generally fine but it would be nice to know that I was going to get a good night’s sleep. Most of the natural remedies contain lavender which is guaranteed to give me a migraine – not exactly the response I was after so I put up with my semi-sleep-deprived state for months and months.

At the start of December last year I discovered Clipper Sleep Easy tea – it’s a chamomile, cinnamon and valerian infusion so I figured it might be worth a try. Not being a fan of infusions generally (tea should be black and served with milk) I wasn’t expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised by this one – the taste reminds me of oranges for some reason.

And the result? The first night I had this before bed I slept like a very tired, good sleeper* and I’ve been sleeping quite well ever since. The only problem is that if I have more than one I then sleep well but find myself woken at 3am to visit the ladies!

So, should you have any trouble sleeping I can strongly recommend this one.

* I originally wrote “sleep like a baby” but that would imply waking up and screaming every three hours…