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Cyril Squirrel-fox

With two small people in the house, there are more than enough toys to go round. Two of my favourite, however, came to live here way before any children came along. They are Olive Owl and Cyril Squirrel-Fox, beautifully knitted woollen creatures from Scottish designer Donna Wilson.

Cyril came first, a surprise gift from my husband bought from Liverpool’s fab Bluecoat Display Centre, and Olive came slightly later. Since our family has got bigger, I’ve tried my best to keep our small ones’ tiny fingers away from my knitted pals, which isn’t easy given they are so cute, huggable and soft to touch. This week was the final straw for Cyril. What once was a small hole in his tail (I suspect started by first born) grew into a larger one when baby gal got to grips with him. So I got in touch with the lovely people at Donna Wilson and luckily they said they could mend him at their London-based studio. So off he’s popped, in first class post down to the Big Smoke for a bit of TLC! I’ll have to find a suitable place to keep him safe on his return.

Meanwhile, I’ve been browsing around the Donna Wilson website and have built up a wish list of their gorgeous homeware and artwork. Who could resist drinking their tea out of the Mog mug, or their gin and slims from a Rock The Boat tumbler? But then, I do have a bit of a mug obsession that has to be reined in.

Cyril with damaged tail


Mog Mug by Donna Wilson
On The Rocks tunbler by Donna Wilson