Elisa, Katja, Knitting

2015 Crafty Disaster No. 1


It’s only three weeks in and I’ve already hit my first craft disaster of the year! This does not bode well..

Now I have a confession. I didn’t swatch. Instead I was cocky and figured that as I’ve done some colourwork in this yarn before and got gauge with that there wasn’t any point. And to be fair, it starts off fine but it grows. I started with 7 stitches to the inch and now I’m getting 6. That’s a 3″ difference over 128 stitches. So I’m not so sure that a swatch would have seen off this particular nightmare.

I had been thinking of lining this one with something super soft and slightly less itchy, but now I’m not so sure that this will be enough to save it so I’m trying to emotionally come to terms with the idea of ripping it all out and starting again. The only saving grace with that is that as I want it to be smaller I’ll be able to reuse the yarn – good thing I hadn’t sewn in all those ends yet!

The smaller size is only 4 stitches difference so I guess I’ll go down a needle size and also down a hat size. But right at this very minute I want to shove it all in a bag and throw it into the back of the cupboard 🙁 Such a shame – I was really enjoying this one!

How would you handle this one? Would you rip back or try to somehow pull it in? Would you toss it aside or get started on a new one straight away?

In other news

We went to the Camera Obscura with E and A last week and the kids had an absolute ball. The Camera people were putting on a Toddler week and they did a brilliant job – they even set up one of their meeting rooms to be a break room complete with high chairs, toys and coffee. That was truly inspired – more venues should do this.

Elisa is now walking, albeit unsteadily unless she’s holding onto something. It’s quite scary considering she’s only 9 months old but I guess the incentive to keep up with Katja is probably a great motivator.

Yesterday E and A popped round and we did some biscuit baking, lots of fun. Although next time I think I’ll premix all the ingredients to save some time.

My Week in Pictures

Week 13.08 – Cruisin and Happy Tea Pots

Week 8 is from February 18 to 24. None of us have been particularly well this week, suffering from ghastly colds. As a result there’s not so many pics as normal. Still, this week I finished my crocheted tea pot and Katja made some astonishing advances, at least for her age.

Tea brings happiness
20130219 – Tea brings happiness. I finished my tea cosy and I’m rather chuffed with the results!

22 sleeps until @edinyarnfest
20130222 – Getting excited about the up approaching Edinburgh Yarn Festival.

Instagram Image
20130222 – Australian Crawl. Katja started to properly crawl, she also pulled herself up to standing and started cruising!

20130222 – Here’s our little star in action!

Claret Bar, Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh
20130223 – Claret Bar, Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh

The factory where Jaffa Cakes first made is just around the corner from me (now apartments) #squidgybit
20130224 – The factory where Jaffa Cakes first made is just around the corner from me (now apartments) #squidgybit

Geek, News & Updates

MRI Time

So way back in August I went to Edinburgh. Had a great time, saw lots of lots of cool comedy and walked around an awful lot. I had a pedometer and one day I managed to top 33000 steps – that’s a lot.

Trouble was that at the time Christian was living in Dean Village, gorgeous location but Dean means Deep and that meant lots of walking up hills. Add in that I tend to overstretch without realising it and then next thing you know my calves have seized up. Nothing a bit of rest won’t fix thinks I and so that’s what I do. As soon as possible I’m back for more.

When I got home my heel was a little sore. Seemed perfectly reasonable – after all I’d walked A LOT. Trouble is that it just wasn’t getting better. Pretty soon it was getting sore enough to wake me up at night. Finally by early November I had been convinced that I was fast becoming a cripple and so I took myself to the doctor.

**skipping over the boring bits**

So when I get back from India I went to the consultant. He’s had me wearing a boot for the last 6 weeks to stop me from moving the tendons in my ankle. Trouble with that is that while it’s helped a little, it hasn’t solved the problem and so that leads me to today and my MRI.

I had plans to write all about it as it’s hard to find any real info, but to be honest, the whole process is rather dull. I didn’t even have to put on a gown – and for any women reading, I didn’t even have to take off my bra. Just remove jewellery and any coins from pockets. I was put onto the bed for the machine, feet pointing towards the hole. My foot was secured in a frame which was then packed with beanbags to stop me moving it and I was given some headphones. The the machine got to work, banging and buzzing and sounding rather like roadwork. After a few passes it was over, I was given a CD with the images (which complained cos I don’t use IE 5.5 or IE6 – how ancient is that!) and that was it.

Now I’ve got to wait for some blood test results and get back to the surgeon for the interpretation. Will do that in a week or so. In the meantime I leave you with this lovely image of the inside of my foot!

Geocaching, Stuff


It’s certainly spring/summer here – this pair of swans were tending to a flock of gorgeous fluffy cygnets by the canal in Dublin on Saturday morning.

Saturday’s geocaching adventure with Cristina bagged not only 4 caches, but we also saw a large number of Phoenix Park’s new resident deer. Absolutely gorgeous! Not long afterwards the heavens opened up and we get a taste of the European Monsoon – yes, monsoon. As in wet like you wouldn’t believe. This isn’t your normal Irish namby-pamby soft stuff, this is rain that would feel quite at home in Australia. With 2km of walking an no shelter we were soon resembling drowned kittens. While most taxis avoided us – hello? it’s water not the plague – one finally stopped to pick us up and it was home to try to get dry.

My iPod however seemed to be a little worse for wear and would not turn on at all. I’ve had it sitting in a bowl of rice all day, it seems to be responding a little now although it’s still not perfect yet… fingers crossed!