Liten Fuggel.

Cold weather and little hands are not a good combination. Isabelle has grown out of her baby mittens so I started looking for some cosy toddler mitts.

Jorid Linvik designs wonderful knitting patterns, see her website at

I was torn between the Tango Elefant mittens and the Liten Fuggel ones but the possibility of knitting matching socks won the day for the Liten Fuggel. The mittens were great fun to knit, enough pattern to be a challenge but small enough to be a fairly quick knit. image image image

My only modification was to change the thumb colour to red instead of white. I think white would soon look dirty.

On Friday we tried the mittens on Isabelle, she was not impressed but will hopefully appreciate the warmth on chilly days. She loves wearing hats (just like her Daddy) but likes to be able to wriggle her fingers without gloves. At the moment gloves and socks are removed and discarded as soon as possible, fingers and toes are much too interesting to keep covered up!


Farewell to 2011

New Year’s Eve already, a time to look back and think about the past year and to look forward to 2012. So much happened last year, most of it good and some of it sad

The lovely and gentle Charlie Bear died, although he only lived with us for six months he was very much a part of the family and he left a big space in our lives….so








we got Skye, a lovely black German Shepherd puppy







who got bigger and bigger and bigger








After ten long months we got Tilly back. We were so happy to see her and she was so happy to be home again.







Nino is still with us despite being so ill during the summer and developing dementia. He is a very confused little dog but still enjoys his food and a wee walk round the block if it isn’t too cold. He seems to like watching the other dogs playing but has no interest in joining in.






The kitchen cupboards were built , flooring installed and blinds put up at the windows.





I did lots of cooking both before and after the kitchen was installed, especially jam making which I love doing. The picture shows less than half the jars of jam I made, I donated most to the MacMillan Coffee morning to raise funds for MacMillan nurses.




I survived another year without dialysis, had to have my dialysis access fistula repaired and was accepted onto the renal transplant list, I had a few problems with my heart again and have to have some more tests but otherwise stayed relatively healthy.

I knitted lots of things… eight baby cardigans, a baby coat, three necklace and bracelet sets, five pairs of fingerless gloves,numerous pairs of socks, three pairs of pulsvarmers, two pairs of gloves, a couple of scarves, a hat and part of a blanket.

I didn’t do much sewing and as a result have far too much fabric sitting in cupboards. I went on a quilting course and have a quilt still to finish I’m ashamed to say.

I did even less gardening but we did get a wonderful lawnmower that is easy for me to push so I did manage to cut the lawns fairly regularly. The garden has been so wet over the summer and autumn that it now resembles a muddy mess but hopefully when it dries out in spring we can restore the lawn and sort out the flowerbeds.

We sold the pretty blue Saab and bought a beautiful Ruby Saab. We had a garage built. My son got a Harley Davidson motorbike, in bits and put it together.

I walked a lot and cycled a little .

I watched Forbrydelsen (The Killing) on TV and enjoyed it, I gave up watching most other TV because it has become less and less interesting but I renewed my aquaintance with the radio and the CD player and have discovered the joys of listening to audiobooks while waiting for hospital appointments.

All in all it has been a good year and I have managed to do most of what I planned to do. Tomorrow I’ll make some plans for the new year!