Friday, December 28, 2007

Well, that was Christmas.

Jo and I did a Christmas Swap. I had her present under my tree from the beginning of December (metaphorically, you understand, the tree didn't actually go up until the 7th) and it was truly lovely to have a surprise pressie waiting for me that I knew was kitterly in content. The Lush soap smells delicious (good thing about Lush that, strong smells for my poor smelless nose). The yarn is great, don't know what I'll make with it yet, maybe a little blanket with mitred squares, i enjoyed those I made for Oliver's blanket so much :o), the planets I haven't had before but they are NICE (I do like chocolate, you know) and THE BAG! Jo makes the most lovely bags, the colour is 'me' (you know .. the purple thang) and the style is practical, I can see me using it, often. It made me laugh out loud when I opened it to find that we had both sent each other yarnimals.
I sent Jo some stitch markers very like these, but the one she sent me is a row marker and the clasp at the top (instead of a ring) makes all the difference when knitting lace. I am thinking lace at the moment, as I am working on an article for Kerrie's Yarn Forward mag and knitting a project to go with it. the yarn is Dee's Sophia and is gorgeous to knit with but I wont spoil the unveiling by giving any hint, so you'll have to wait, tease? me? Yes, mwahahahaha!

The rest of Christmas? A jolly time was had by all. Next year, less consuming and commercialism and more handmade - promise to self - all felt a little hollow somehow. But kids had a good one and everyone played nice :o)
New Years resolution? Do less and do it better. I have been chasing my tail all year struggling to meet one deadline after another and just getting there by the skin of my teeth. i want to enjoy my knitting so I need to be more choosy both about what I knit and also about what other commitments i take on. Less will definitely be more in 2008.
So first priority is to clear the decks of outstanding commitments, knitterly and otherwise.
In my next post ... a homecoming.


Soo said...

As a fellow fan of purple I love that bag. Jo is very talented. And what a lovely bundle of treats.

Good luck with your resolutions!

Queen of the froggers said...

I love the yarnimals, that looked a great swap. I have vowed the same for xmas next year too. All the consumerism is getting too much for me to bear! Have a great 2008!

Fiona said...

Happy New Year and I heartily agree with the resolution to reduce deadlines. Knitting under pressure takes away the fun of the pasttime.