My excuse for not doing so much Sasha knitting these days ..

Seven weeks ago my first grandchild arrived, 15 days late, poor Mum.

In the first six weeks he changed so much and even started smiling at us, for real, not just the windy kind of smiles 🙂

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James' faces

And now his latest challenge, carrying off the ‘hand-knitted by Grandma’ look.

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He’s looked happier, bless him. Just wait till he sees the lovely beige outfit Grandma’s made for him. He’ll love beige 😀

New kids who’ve joined us in time for Christmas

Until they huddled together for their photo I hadn’t spotted a pattern but now I have 🙂

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These three girls joined us recently and made friends very quickly.

First is Hazel, re-rooted by Pam Winter Turner and now turning heads with her fabulous tresses.

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Then Maisie, a 1968 girl, again re-rooted (I’m not sure by whom) and given a fringe, more of a tomboy this one,  and already at home on the allotment…

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…and then little Baby Cinnamon, a 1980’s baby completely re-imagined by Kelly McCrea Wenarsky…..

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and a new sister for Baby Shiloh who joined us a few months ago..

 

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Now we’re all looking forward to seeing who comes to live with us next year…we’ll all have to shuffle up a bit but there’s always room for one more 🙂

Merry Christmas from the new kids xx 

Click here for their jigsaw

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Goodbye to Autumn

One last dressing up in Autumn colours before we start to get dressed in our Christmas/Winter best – and introducing the stunning Selma, (on the right) a beautiful re-root by Pam Winter Turner. Click here for their jigsaw …

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….and while we’re introducing new family members we can’t leave out Mira..my little ebay miracle who arrived looking like this..

 

and scrubbed up beautifully….

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and had to put up with a hat for a while to tame her fringe..

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and then went through a major operation ..

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to eventually look like this ❤

 

She’s wearing an outfit that properly  belongs to A Girl for All Time, but it fits her beautifully and I was so happy to find a lovely velvet coat by Frances Trickett at C&S that makes her outfit complete. She says  hello ! and that she’s looking forward to Christmas with her new family and to meeting lots of new friends in May 2018 in Nottingham.

We are delighted to have her here with us !

She also has her very own jigsaw here …

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Now Mum needs to get back to the knitting.  I think she needs more shelves for all her knitting books, but in the meanwhile, this is a nice warm place to sit 🙂

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Click here for a very tough jigsaw ..

 

Recent additions to the family

In the last few months a few of the later, pale vinyl Gotz kids have come to live with us. Usually the first thing I do when a new kid arrives is change them out of their clothes and store them away, partly to keep them safe and partly because I don’t usually like the original clothes they come in. But these later Gotz dolls have really well-made outfits and they suit them very nicely so today I asked the kids to huddle together for a family portrait in their best clothes and provide me with the makings of a weekend jigsaw. They were quick to remind me that the family’s not complete without big sis Anika and little baby Matti, oh, and a few toddlers as well, but the search is still on for them  🙂

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They are, from left to right, back row first, Yvette, Stella, Carmen, Wibke, (front row) Meike, Simon, Lars and Stine  ❤

Spring is when thoughts turn to Babies …

..and this Spring we have had two new Gotz Babies in the space of two weeks 🙂

From left to right we are ..

Baby Simon,  Baby Meike (who joined us a few weeks ago) and Baby Lars

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and our two big sisters are (left) Stella and Yvette so now we are the Fabulous Five . We know there are still a few members of our family missing so we are looking out for them wherever we go.

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But then, just as we were starting to settle and get to know each other, another little one came to live with us and she was a bit younger but she can already stand up and walk ! She’s not like any of us.

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She says her name is Lisa and her Mum/maker is Sieglinde Frieske who makes dolls for some nice people called Schildkrot. She’s tiny;  only 28cm tall, has real hair (!) and hand-blown, glass eyes. She looks ok now so maybe that wasn’t as painful as it sounds.

She arrived all ready for an English Spring, with a raincoat and an umbrella..

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but then she noticed the other little ones were enjoying the sunshine and didn’t have raincoats OR umbrellas so she took hers off and set them down.

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She has very nice manners. When she noticed that  both Simon and Lars had sun-hats but Meike didn’t, she offered to make some room under her umbrella – now re-purposed as a sun-shade – for Meike.

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Will you come and sit with me Meike?

We’ll leave them there for now, getting along very well in their own secret sun-hideaway, while the boys enjoy playing with their toes, the ways boys do.

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Welcome to the family Lisa, Simon and Lars ❤

 

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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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…..