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Back in November I signed up to big knit for vet kit run by SPANA to raise money for veterinary aid for animals working abroad. Well I have nearly finished,  7 donkeys (3 more to go) 1 horse and a crocheted camel. Seven have gone to homes in France and one in the UK with the last two and hopefully  unknitted ones leaving this weekend. I must get my needles clicking double time as i must finish a couple of Christmas presents before the young people return at the weekend (otherwise i will be keeping farmer J up knitting in bed).

Thank you to every one who sponsored me I raised 170 Euros which once all the money is in a cheque will be sent along with a photo to SPANA.



Hope those knitted donkeys don't eat as many carrots as these two.

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