New boy gets a new hairdo and new best friends build something together..

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New boy (Greg for now in his temporary ‘new arrival’ Greg jumper) was so embarrassed about the trail of hair he was leaving that he asked if he could have a new haircut. He has a very short cut now and while it grows ( 😉 ) he’s chosen a dark auburn wig. I gave that a bit of a trim too because it wasn’t quite right and now he’s feeling a lot better. It’s a bit darker than Cameron’s red hair, but still definitely red and he likes that.

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He and Cameron are bonding over a construction job today….

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eBay photo on a cold desk at Oxfam HQ

PROJECT :

Today the boys wanted to build something (I think they just wanted to use some big boy tools) and they’d seen Henry’s bookcase and wanted one like that. I don’t think there is another one just like Henry’s so they got the next best thing.

They asked for a little Ikea Ivar bookcase for their bedroom and promised to put it all together themselves. When it arrived they raced for their toolbox and both thought they knew exactly what they would need..

…but when they opened the box they found the nice people at Ikea had included the perfect screwdriver for the job and some tiny little screws too.

They took turns following the funny little picture drawing instructions and screwing the little screws that hold the cross-bar supports on the back and had fun trying to read all the different languages. There are people all over the world with a bookcase like ours, they marvelled 🙂

Once the supporting cross-bar was on they stood the frame up and began to slot the shelves onto the tiny little supporting bars and in no time at all they had a bookcase !

 

Little Ted pulled up his Ikea Poang chair and claimed he’d been there all along, encouraging and directing proceedings and that if it wasn’t for his input it might not have gone so well.

The boys smiled and winked at each other. They knew they’d done a great job all by themselves and all that was left to do now was clean up a bit.

Cameron got the Henry out and swept up the mess and then they posed  for a triumphant photo in front of their creation.

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They are feeling very pleased with themselves now and making a list of things they absolutely must have on display on their new shelves, but that will have to wait until tomorrow…..

Winter skating outfit finished !

The header photo is wishful thinking. It’s not spring or summer here. There are no flowers or even many leaves about. What it’s really like is more like this. Not quite as much snow though. We’re having ‘wintery showers’ which is a nice way of saying constant frozen drizzle. So I’ve had time to knit and luckily I’ve finished this one while the weather is still chilly 🙂

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It’s knitted in Shetland 3/4 ply, in the round, up until the neck placket. The sleeves and toque hat are knitted in the round too so there are no seams.

It’s finished with braid and clasps to make a nice, generous neck opening and the toque has a little tassle.

Surprising who you meet in the forest isn’t it – and tame too 🙂

Click on the link for a wintery Sunday jigsaw

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Valentine Weekend Jigsaw

20170210_103339Yes, she is another new girl but she really is the last for a while. I need to save up now for Nottingham 🙂 She is a lovely 1968 girl who has been completely re-rooted by Alison Parnell and given  luscious locks and a sweet, slightly curled fringe/bangs. She’s trying on a hand-me-down Vintage Sasha dress and navy shoes by Marti and making sure she’s ready to meet the rest of the girls. Her ‘new arrival’ toy is a sweetheart nose bear, perfectly timed for Valentine’s Weekend.

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❤  We’d both like to wish you all a very good weekend !  ❤

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Click on the link below for the jigsaw

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How could I forget !

I am a bad Mum and I don’t deserve to have these lovely dolls. Well, I certainly deserve a slapped wrist this week ! Because she was perfect when she arrived and didn’t need any new clothes or even a hair-brush, this little girl joined the other big kids upstairs straightaway and then Mum completely forgot about her debutante photo-shoot.

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Better late than never, here is yet another new family member to introduce. It will slow down now, it’s not usually like this 😉 . She doesn’t have a name but she does have a lovely dress by Ginny,  socks by Ruth and shoes by Paula. Her completely re-rooted red hair is by Alison Parnell and has beautiful layers, a full centre parting and shorter pieces framing the sides of her face but no fringe or bangs.

For her ‘new girl’ toy she chose a tiny baby doll, about 2″ tall, dressed in an amazingly tiny knitted dress, cap and bootees and who sucks her thumb continuously.

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So we now have five redheads in the family and they will have to appear together one day in all their titian glory when I’ve managed to colour coordinate their outfits to do them justice 🙂

What’s been on the needles this week ?

Several things 🙂 . Most of them will stay on needles for months until the spirit moves me to finish them, but what I did manage to finish this week was one that I started about 3 years ago and then fell out of love with the colour. It’s a pale tangerine Shetland  wool cardigan with little cables, modelled today by my brown-eyed Pintucks.

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She’s a later one, #3852 and her eyes should be stable. She’s also wearing a lovely pair of silk blend ‘shortalls’ ? and blouse by Frances Trickett and shoes and socks by Mary Sampson, aka Betsymay. It felt good to finish this cardigan finally and get the use of my needles back 🙂 !

The other thing I’ve been knitting is a reindeer jumper which will have Norwegian style braid and clasps when it’s finished. You’re seeing it when most of the thread-sewing-in has been done. These little knits take a couple of hours just to weave the threads in on the inside.

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Another little Gotz joined us

…….Baby Simon  ❤ ….all the way from the Netherlands and he arrived in record time..two days, door to door !!

20170205_164720_richtonehdr-001Big sister Stella, who came to us last week, has taken him under her wing and has asked me to please make him some socks or find him some shoes because his little feet look cold. She’s right, he is dressed for warmer weather. He’ll have to borrow some for now though because that’s what happens to all the new kids for a little while.

Another, bigger kid came this week too. This little lad had been given to an Oxfam shop and they listed him on eBay which is where we found him, looking very neglected, cold and very dirty, with only a pair of crimplene pants, held up by a rubber band.

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He had to come and live with us, we couldn’t leave him there, shivering on a cold desk

He arrived quickly too, we can’t complain about the post this week  🙂 and had a spa and a hairwash…(that wasn’t all good because quite a few hairs fell out but his hair was very dirty) and then dressed himself warmly in the ‘just arrived’ Greg jumper and corduroy trousers that everyone wears when they first arrive until Mum finds time to knit something just for them. Mum’s not sure what to make of him yet. His hair and eyes say 1969 but his stringing is white and brown so that makes him 1972-3. Hmm. In any case he’s a bit floppy so he’ll have new stringing soon.

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Every new arrival gets their very own toy and this lad chose a wind-up robot that Mum was chuffed to find on the £1 table at last year’s SCW. He’s much, much happier and cosier today and is even sharing the babysitting with Stella tonight so he’s going to fit right in 🙂

Stella has her own outfit now (she only had to wait a week) and her original Gotz dress and clogs are stored away. She loves her new dress by Karen Warneka (via Aunty Shelly) and I knitted her a very quick hat to keep her hair tidy and her ears warm. Her boots are a good match for her dress in burgundy leather, by Gayle Rotheim.

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This week’s jigsaw is dedicated to the new and almost new arrivals. Click on the link below to solve this one…

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Please excuse the cat sleeping on her own furry blanket in the background. I didn’t spot her until it was too late .