I’ll say the same as I say every year; Here we are again!
The final door on my regal Advent calendar has been opened and I think it has been one of the most entertaining and fun calendars I have ever had. There were Welsh Guard snowmen, a mouse infested Christmas tree, a whole herd of unicorns and even a London pigeon.
Hidden behind door 24 was the dove of peace which is particularly poignant this year.
We are heading up to Yorkshire to do the family rounds kicking off in Whitby before heading to my Dad’s for Christmas Day and then onward to Mr K’s family with stop-offs to visit friends along the way. Mr K has been gradually ticking off items on his Christmas Dinner Action Plan which this year runs to six pages and covers all meals from Christmas morning to tea on the 27th December most of which include turkey and various pork products, along with a request for extra portions of sprouts this year which is fine with me! The hardest part of all of this is trying to stop Dad eating the food before we get to the big day and there are very specific instructions with regards to leaving the cheese alone.
There are a number of thank you for me to extend; Firstly to all the amazing guests who have helped me put together another brilliant Advent blog – I really couldn’t have done it without them this year and sent heartfelt thanks to the following woolly wonders:
Joy McMillan: Yarn dyer, printer, stitcher who has at least a dozen more hours in the day than me.
Ann Myhre: Designer, foodie and instigator of my dream to move to Gotland and live by the sea.
Maria Magnusson: New mum! Maria and her husband welcomed their daughter Silje into the world last week.
Jane Lithgow: Spinner, knitter, teacher, all round lovely person and instigator of my sock knitting addiction.
Anna Maltz: Friend, colleague and afternoon tea partner in crime.
Julia Billings: Maker of tweed pouches so beautiful they have become one of my obsessions.
Felix ‘knitsonik’ Ford: Turbo-powered, sound and knitting magician and duck herder.
All are incredibly talented and wonderful women who I am so proud to know and support. In addition there are a number of people who have answered emails when I pestered and sent images for me to use and to them I also send a big thank you. All of the items I feature on the blog are handpicked by myself as things I love and hope you will enjoy too.
I also want to extend a big thank you to TOFT for the fabulous TOFT Robin the Robin kit giveaway. Mr K drew the winners last week and kits are winging (couldn’t resist) their way to Blithespirit, Harriet and Caroline. Thank you to everyone who left a comment and congratulations to the winners – I’d love to see your projects all finished!
The biggest thank you is to you. Thank you for reading, for commenting, for mentioning me on your blog, for tweeting, for regramming and for generally keeping my spirits up with all your lovely messages; after all what would a blog be without it’s readers? Your support means more than words can say, and as I head into 2016 with a rather large bag of fleece it will mean more than ever so thank you, thank you, thank you.
And so I will sign off and leave you all to your Christmases which I hope are peaceful and filled with happiness. Please do consider my Stranger at the Table post if you have a rickety stool and a spare place at your festive lunch for someone who would otherwise be alone – it could make all the world of difference and the hand of friendship has never been more important than it is now. There will be glasses raised in many directions and a full and hearty one to those who are missing from our lives this Christmas. I will be back around New Year but in the meantime, Merry Christmas to you and yours xxx