Forgot to mention before.  I made a lovely crochet cushion cover for John in black, with black shiny buttons, and found a cushion in Ikea in pale blue, which fitted perfectly, and the blue through the black just matches perfectly, so now Sam says it is his cushion.  Now I am making myself a bag, which the very helpful ghoti  helped me buy new yarn for in John Lewis.  I bought the proper fancy yarn to treat myself, but my excuse was that it was a non-standard thickness, and I am not yet confident enough to swap yarns if they might be differently thick.  I have skipped the pattern in the book for a garland of teddy bear heads and pompoms, because it had too much sewing and stuffing, and because ghoti ‘s baby doesn’t want decapitated teddy bears anyway.