I'm not sure where the last month went, but it's gone by in a flash. So much preparation for Christmas and Amy's birthday, and then before you even realise it, they've happened already!
|Amy blowing out her birthday candles|
|Amy with her favourite Christmas present, a signed Louis Smith photo!|
|Christmas day: Dad, my brother David, Amy, me and Mum|
I was busy on the knitting front in the run up to Christmas. I made three stockings in the end, Chris had the traditional one, Amy chose to have a pink/deep purple/blue one and I had mauve/pink/blue one made from the remnants from my Debbie Bliss blanket. They looked lovely haging up on the fireplace!
I also made a 'Hampstead Wreath' from a pattern I found on Ravelry(http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hampstead-wreath) I was really pleased with how it came out, and it was a very quick and easy make.
For Christmas I was given a lovely little gadget that I asked for, it's called a 'Fitbit 1' and is a clever pedometer type thing! It measures steps, distance travelled, calories burnt and floors climbed each day and downloads the data for you, sets you challenges and encorages you to be a bit more active. It can also monitor your sleep patterns, but I haven't fathomed that yet. I'm trying for 10,000 steps a day, which is a bit of an ask most days working in an office then knitting/reading when I get home, but I am making the effort to walk more, which is the whole point! We've had some nice family walks already:
I've sorted myself a new reading challenge for this year, and will be starting with 'Rebecca' by Daphne Du Murier. I have to finish reading 'The Fellowship of the Ring' first though...I went (twice) to see 'The Hobbit' before Christmas and have fallen head over heels in love with Middle Earth again, re-read 'The Hobbit' then went straight onto Fellowship...and I'm off there again now!