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Christmas may be over 
29th-Dec-2008 10:22 pm
Happy New Year
but 'tis still the season to be jolly. There was much cause for celebration Chez Hesadevil this year.

Some of the celebrations and decoration began with the March of the Cosies
Christmas cosies.

It is traditional that the youngest member of the family distributes the gifts after Christmas Eve dinner and the honour, this year, went to the BF. Some gifts were, of course, knitted.

Button hat in lilac silk for The Daughter. I gave her a choice of buttons.

Same pattern in blue woolease for me. I love this button.

Neck warmers in Sparkly blue Debbie Bliss yarn for the neighbours' (both sides have two) daughters. The blue buttons were two of a set from which mine came. You can just see the bottom edge of a purple silk lacy scarf for one of the older girls.

The other elder daughter received this hat.

The Daughter bought Ronnie a virtually indestructable toy which lasted all of 30 seconds. His favourite from the haul of gifts (and the cheapest) was a squeaky reindeer that he carries around as his Teddy.
- image ©totkat
He wishes to make it very clear that it is his Teddy and he will swap it only under great duress for his squeaky ball.

We decided to buy another lemon scented tree. Last year's is planted at the bottom of the garden, sheltered from the wind and is thriving. This year's tree is in the conservatory decorated with white Christmas lights; a contrast to the red rope-lights hung across the opposite window and roof.

pretty lights
The conservatory.

Christmas window
Christmas window with variegated holly from the garden.

mantle lights

Mantlepiece with candles and evergreen cut from the trees in the front garden.

Christmas log

The celebrations continue into the New Year and all is well.

29th-Dec-2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
It all looks lovely, Pat - those buttons are particularly gorgeous - do you have a fancy button shop nearby? Glad to see my cushion's still going strong!
29th-Dec-2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I found the buttons on ebay. I have three different sets. Your cushions have withstood the onslaught of a terrier in mid 'kill the toy' frenzy. One of them did suffer some damage to the velcro fastening as he dug his way inside, but enough of the velcro survived. I am knitting cushion covers for the other 4 cushions and have some lovely wooden buttons that I know will be a great temptation to Ronnie's teef.
29th-Dec-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
Ohhh pretty! And the hats are great!

Happy continued celebrations!
29th-Dec-2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
I love twinkly lights and am always very reluctant to take them down on 12th night.

Celebrations are good and this year is ending much, much better than it began.
29th-Dec-2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
I love my greenery draped mantlepieces and the spicy smell of fir!

And the lights

Here's to a good ending for 2008 and a great 2009

29th-Dec-2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
Here's to a good ending for 2008 and a great 2009.
I'll drink to that! (The diet starts on January 2nd)
29th-Dec-2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
March of the cosies indeed! And very nice collection of knitted things.
29th-Dec-2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
I've lost count of the number of teapots we possess. I knitted 3 more cosies for the daughter's 3 pots.

The knitting has slowed somewhat but I have a few projects that need finishing. I also have a big stash of very lovely yarn just waiting for the right project to appear.
29th-Dec-2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
Your work is beautiful!

And the doxies congratulate Ron on his ability to destroy. They approve!
29th-Dec-2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Ronnie says the Doxies can join his gang anytime.
30th-Dec-2008 12:13 am (UTC)
I love those tube lights! Rocky is so darn cute! That photo shows just how little he is. Got a kick out of the paw on the toy. MINE.

Your yarn is being mailed tomorrow. Sorry it took so long. :-(
30th-Dec-2008 10:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, C.

How kind of you to think of yarn with all that you have on your plate at the moment. It can wait, you have more important things to do.
30th-Dec-2008 07:57 am (UTC)
Very pretty colour and I love that blue button. Ronnie looks so cute - and as if he's saying that his reindeer is his and his alone! Awwww :)
30th-Dec-2008 10:06 am (UTC)
as if he's saying that his reindeer is his and his alone!
He is! Especially to any cats that might be lurking ;)
30th-Dec-2008 09:31 am (UTC)
All your decorations looks so pretty and I love the buttons on the hats. Happy continuing celebrations :)
30th-Dec-2008 10:07 am (UTC)
Thank you!
30th-Dec-2008 10:12 am (UTC)
The house looks lovely all Christmasified.

What a lovely picture of Ronnie, too.

Shaka's favourite thing is all the ribbon from the parcels. D-d's boyfriend even brought him some rather smart blue stuff from his own presents when he arrived yesterday to visit.
30th-Dec-2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
Wonderful knitting .The neck warmer is especially lovely.
Keep on celebrating in a happy mood!
31st-Dec-2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures - I'm so glad you all enjoyed your Christmas, and Ronnie looks perfectly content with his new favourite toy. The hand knits all look beautifully cosy (love all the buttons too).

Happy New Year to you all!
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