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We had a lovely family Christmas that went far too quickly. My little niece is still too young to understand the chap coming down the chimney story but she had a good go at opening presents and loved every one of them. Among other bits and bobs we bought her a pretend coffee machine since we all have them in our homes and I recall pretend food and drink being quite a long phase with E and J. In fact J was the lucky recipient of lots of espressos one evening.

Unbeknown to me she doesn’t usually like mittens or gloves but the novelty of soft furry ones on a string went down well and kept her tiny hands toasty when we went for a walk on Boxing Day. We spotted them at the Lincoln Christmas Market having really only gone for the mulled wine and Christmas atmosphere!

My crochet time, especially in the winter months, is about to get a little longer with the help of a fantastic daylight lamp from Father Christmas. I’ve been dropping hints for quite a while and holding small stitches up to the dim lamp by the sofa for months to make sure Santa got the idea!

Of course I had to start a new project from my new crochet book over Christmas. It would have been rude not to. I started with the front of a little cable knit look jumper just to make sure that went well before making the animal that will be wearing it. I really like Aran sweaters so it’s likely that all the animals in the new book will have one in their wardrobe! I’m waiting for some little noses to arrive this week too. The book is Cute Crocheted Animals by Emma Varnam. It’s just what I’ve been looking for, animals with outfits but nothing too fiddly or impossible to make.

J turned sixteen yesterday. I can hardly believe it. He’s a ridiculous six foot three and wears size twelve shoes. Having an awkwardly timed birthday has at least one advantage; he always has extended family around and we tend to do a cinema trip for all those interested. So yesterday most went to see the new Star Wars film in 3D. It just had to be an R2D2 cake after that, you’re never too old for Star Wars birthday cakes!

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