1. I pull a red-striped sock from the inside of blue-striped one. It makes me feel like a magician.

2. To have no fear of the falling snow because I know my boots will keep my feet warm and dry.

2b. Silly transport issues grant me a surprise night off. I unpack my bag with a heavy heart – the Valentine’s Day themed games I’d planned will go unplayed, the lesson plan I had proudly concocted will go untaught – but I receive several hours of writing, then dinner with John and time sewing to compensate.

3. The feature-less colour blocks seem completely abstract until the final stitch of each piece is in place, then the shapes come to life.