MacMillan fundraising and Christmas

For Christmas last year my brother, Mark bought Dan and I the first Season of Dexter.  Buying the first season of a series each Christmas for us has become a bit of a tradition.  It all started with How I Met Your Mother and then along came Supernatural and Dexter.

Dan and I like our box sets.  In the past becoming addicted to Glee, Heroes, Flash Forward, Homeland…

Dexter is firm favourite at the moment though, and we have just finished Season four.  What an ending! Seasons five and six are on rush order from Amazon to continue our Dexter-fest!

Dexter fact: Jennifer Carpenter (Deb, from Dexter) is a runner too and ran the New York marathon in 3h34m!

Iwpid-IMAG1255.jpg‘m someone that can never seem to do just one thing at a time though and have been knitting away at these little creatures over the past few weeks of Dexter-watching to create a Noah’s Ark for Dan’s nieces and nephew.  His sister has an eighteen-month old, Jenson and is expecting again; a girl this time, due at the start of November.  Her partner already has a five year old, Evie and I wanted to make the three of them something for Christmas from Dan and I.  I taught myself to knit when Jenson was due and sent over a bundle of toys for his birth.  Dan wanted to join in the fun though, so when I found the Noah’s Knits book at my local craft store he offered to build a mini-ark out of wood for the animals to reside in ready to be given to the kids at Christmas.  I’m having lots of fun making them, although I keep flitting from one animal to another.  So far I have completed two crocodiles, a penguin and a tortoise.  But, unpictured I also have an elephant missing one leg, a goat without a face, a headless tortoise, two lions and a zebra yet to be put together!

To see all of the animals as they will eventually be, take a look at this fantastic Noah’s Knits video!  Love this, whoever put it together.

wpid-IMAG1257.jpgI made a batch of chocolate chip buns, with white chocolate icing and silver sprinkles yesterday as a ‘taste test’ for the weekend.

This coming weekend I am holding a cake stall in Holt (North Norfolk) town centre to raise money for MacMillan Cancer Care.  If you are in the area, please pop by and say ‘Hi!’

I sent an Event invite out to everyone I knew on Facebook last weekend to ask for cake donations and invite them to buy cakes on the day and have been overwhelmed with the help people have offered since!  I had messages from people I haven’t seen since University and several people I run with have offered to bake for me on Friday for me to collect and take back to Norfolk when I head that way.  Friends from Norfolk have offered to help set up and man the stall and I genuinely felt so touched by how much people cared to fit my cake sale into their busy lives.

14 thoughts on “MacMillan fundraising and Christmas

  1. Yay, I knew that about Jennifer Carpenter too :) I actually think she’s capable of a much faster time as well – she has the physique to run closer to 3 hours IMO. I loved Heroes as well – I do wish they hadn’t cancelled it, but I guess it did seem that they ran out of ideas after series 1…shame. I particularly miss Sylar and his wonderful eyebrows…

    Those little animals are just lovely. I wish I had the talent to make something like that, but I’m hopeless at knitting.

    All the best for the weekend – it’s great to hear that people have been supportive as well.

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    1. Yeah, she has definitely has an ‘athletic body type’. I can’t imagine it’s easy fitting in training around her busy schedule though.
      I hated the ending of Heroes – it finished and still felt so incomplete…what happened next?! The first couple of series were great and I loved finding out about the character’s powers. Can’t say I ever really noticed Sylar’s eyebrows I’m afraid! 😛

  2. How lovely that so many people are helping you :)
    I always found weird with Dexter that her and the guy that played Dexter were married (but now divorced)- must have made filming rather awkward at times.
    I hope you enjoy the last few series- I found the last few to be going downhill.
    Have you seen Justified? That is a good lot of series. Or The Wire/ The Shield if you like police drama series (both of those are series long story arcs – not like CSI or anything).
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    1. I didn’t realise they were married until I had a bit of an IMDB session the other night!
      I’ve not even heard of Justified, or The Wire/The Shield! So many more series to enjoy!!! :)

  3. I’ve just started watching Dexter and I’m totally obsessed! Only just started season 2 though so no spoilers please 😉

  4. You taught yourself how to knit? That’s impressive! And your little animals look amazing! I am so creatively challenged. I can pretty much just knit a scarf. An uneven scarf at that.
    Good luck with the cake sale! Sounds like a brilliant thing to do.
    Definitely need to get into Dexter. Ben used to watch it and loved it and I’m pretty sure I’d enjoy it too. We have so much TV to catch up on though!! Argh.

    1. I love trying new creative things. My earlier stuff looked pretty hopeless, my scarves as well. In fact, the first scarf I attempted to knit took hours, and then I got bored and wanted the needles for something else so ended up unravelling the lot just to use the needles for something more fun!
      We’re not big TV people, but we’re definitely series people, and we’re in the same boat too…soo much to catch up on!

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