It's time for a little update!
Christmas was wonderful. All knitted gifts were graciously adored by all who received them. Even my understanding brother who got one felted clog early on Christmas eve, and wore it all evening on one foot until I got the other one finished during our celebration at our parents' house. (When I finished knitting the second one, he put it on his head and wore it as a hat before it went into the washer for felting) At least he got to take home a finished pair, even though one was still wet :-)
I got some great gifts as well:
A tapestry pillow that says "If I'm Sittin', I'm Knittin' " from my sister. I just love it! She also sent me The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns which indeed, will be very handy. It's been on my Amazon.com wish list since summer, so it was definitely something I wanted. She also sent me a beautifully painted Matrioshka set (Russian Nesting Dolls) from her recent trip to Russia.
I got a gift certificate to Knitpicks.com from my mom and dad, some yarn from my brother and his wife, the book Exquisite Little Knits from an online friend, a Hummel plate with a girl knitting on it, and my dear hubby also bought me the Knitting Lesson Hummel (which arrived broken in the mail --due to the inept packaging of an ebay seller. ) I am just heartsick about it....it's just beautiful He gets me a Hummel every year for Christmas and this one was going to be really special to me. Hopefully it can be replaced at some point.
Those are my knitting gifts, and I got many other wonderful items, including gift certificates for spa treatments, which I am really looking forward to taking advantage of.
I will post some pictures of some of my new goodies soon.
It's really nice to have my Christmas knitting done and now I am ready to get a few things going for ME! (oh yeah, I have some knitting to do for the store too....shop samples for some classes I'll be teaching in the next couple of months). Even though my holiday knitting came right down to the wire, I never felt stressed about it, and thoroughly enjoyed knitting for my loved ones.
I wish all of you a safe and fun filled New Year's Eve, and may 2005 bring good health, happiness, joy (and lots of knitting) to each and every one!