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Have you got your festive knit ready for Christmas Jumper Day?

I know I have. Well, every day in December is Christmas jumper day for me… but I’m talking about the official Christmas Jumper Day with a capital C, J and D. This year, Save the Children’s annual Christmas Jumper Day is taking place on Friday 16th December. Silliness will be sweeping the nation as schools, homes and offices across the country will be ditching their day-to-day dress for colourful, garish, crazy knitted jumpers instead.crazy for christmas jumpersI’ve got my pink polka dot squirrel jumper (with sparkly sequinned acorn and fluffy furry tail) at the ready to wear on the big day. And the best bit is that all this silliness has a serious purpose – by sticking on a daft sweater and donating £2 to Save the Children through christmasjumperday.org you’ll be saving children’s lives and giving them a brighter future.DIY christmas jumper festive snowman-12

Here’s my step-by-step guide to DIYing your own snowman jumper

And that’s not the only way you can help. If you’ve finished with your festive jumper from last year why not take it to your nearest Save the Children store where unwanted Christmas jumpers will be resold (raising more funds for the charity) so that others can join in the festive fun on Christmas Jumper Day this year. You could also pick up an even sillier sweater at the same time to keep an eye out in stores this week.crazy for christmas jumpers-2All the money raised through woolly-wearing will help give a child living in a refugee camp clothes to keep them warm through winter, or set up a safe space to give them the chance to be children again. It could also help bring essentials like healthcare, education, protection and food to the millions of children around the world who are missing out on the most basic support. All this, just by wearing a daft jumper – it’s a very silly way to solve some very serious problems!christmas jumper DIY pompoms before and after

Here’s my DIY pom-pom Christmas cardi project blog post

I hope you’ll join in with all the fun on Friday 16th and hop onto the christmasjumperday.org website to donate. Happy Christmas Jumper Day all!


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Christmas Jumper Day & my animated gingerbread man!

One of the things I love about December is the fact that I can wear the 20% of my wardrobe that I can’t wear for the rest of the year: my festive jumper collection. You can just about get away with fair isle patterns in autumn and some snowflake prints can make an appearance in late November. But as soon as December hits, it’s time for full-on Christmas jumpers in garish primary colours with sparkly bits. And I love it!animated christmas jumper festive gift inspirationanimated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration-9You can probably tell from my Christmas decorations that I’m quite ‘into’ festive knits! And there’s even more reasons to pull on a festive pullover this year: The Text Santa Christmas Jumper day on 18th December. Money raised goes to three amazing charities; Make a Wish, Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support. Thankfully you’ve still got over a week to sort out your festive outfit before Christmas jumper day so there’s still time to order one of these fantastic animated jumpers. animated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration text santaanimated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration-10I got this gingerbread man “DigitalDudz” festive jumper from Morphsuits.co.uk for my husband and oh boy, does he love it! It’s quickly becoming his favourite jumper and I’m really chuffed that he’s already worn it a few times on trips to Christmas markets and to the pub for a mulled wine. It’s a size medium but it actually fits me as an oversize knit too, so we can both get some use out of it this Christmas. I wasn’t 100% sure how the animation would work, but I loved the gingerbread design so I ordered it anyway to give it a go.

I figured that if I couldn’t work out the technology behind the animated face, I could always make a badge with the face of a gingerbread man on it so the jumper would look cool anyway. Thankfully, downloading the animation app was as easy as adding any other app to my phone via the app store. Once it had downloaded, it was just a case of locating the gingerbread man animation within the app in the Christmas jumper section and pressing play.

There are ways to rotate the animation and change the placement of the face on the screen so it appears in the right place in the hole, and even adjust the brightness so that it blends into the jumper background seamlessly. I was impressed that the animation actually had a knitted pattern background so it really does look like part of the jumper. The cutest thing was the gingerbread man’s happy little face, which turns to a worried look when he’s being eaten!animated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration-4 animated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration-5Initially I was worried that my phone might slip out of the pocket in the front of the jumper (nightmare!) but when I put it into the face hole, it was a tight fit and hubby could even jump around without it popping out, so I was confident that he’d be able to wear it and not break my phone, even after a couple of sherries! Unfortunately his phone is so ancient that he couldn’t get the app on it so he’ll have to continue to use my phone for the time being. At least I always know where my phone is now!animated christmas jumper festive gift inspiration text santaWhat do you think of this animated jumper? Would you wear something like this for Text Santa day on 18th December? Order one for yourself at Morphsuits.co.uk where you can find lots of different festive animated jumpers, including a blazing fireplace, santa getting stuck in the chimney and even a cute Christmas cat! Let me know if you get one and tell me what you’ll be wearing this Christmas by leaving me a comment below or tweeting me a photo to @Cassiefairy.

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