Christmas gifts went over well - my mother LOVED her sweater and it fit her sooo well! I was really afraid it'd be too big on her, but it was just perfect. I can't believe I forgot my camera - I wanted to take a picture of her with it on, and the button in place. The socks that I started for my father last Tuesday were nearly finished by the time I left their house (I just knit until Christmas morning then put them in a gift bag, needles and all, and said "look! it's an unfinished pair of socks for you!) They probably would have been totally finished if I hadn't gotten carried away with the foot and done an extra inch and a half, while chatting, before realizing that I should have been decreasing for the toe. I ripped back and finished up at home last night. As I suspected, they were a little loose on him - not as much as I feared, but we talked about what he liked, and I think next time I'll make something that's ribbed all the way down and maybe across the top of the foot too, so it's more fitted. My mom also really liked the placemats, despite the weird coloration - which totally could have been fixed had I read cosymakes's comment before Christmas - that would have been perfect! oh well. My mother isn't too difficult to please!
My sister-in-law's birthday is coming up next month and since she's been threatening to steal my newest mittens (the ones made with the Hand Me Downs handspun - who can blame her!?) I decided to make her a pair of mittens and a matching hat.
Sure, I could have used something from the stash, but of course, I didn't! I got some Crystal Palace Taos, which I've always liked the look of, and because it's a two ply with each ply a different color, it kind of reminded me of the handspun that I used on mine. I really like the way it knits up!
I only got two balls, so I'm striping in some of the leftover off-white Cascade 220 from my mom's sweater, and I'll do the same on the hat. I think it'll stretch the Taos so that it'll be a perfect amount.
Oooh - I also splurged on a little post-Christmas gift for myself!
A Namaste knitting bag! It's the Zuma, in my new favorite peacock blue color! and it's not leather! Unfortunately, when I saw the pictures on the website, I thought that the interior of the bag was divided into sections by a mesh part, which was where you'd keep your knitting projects - but it's not. Oh, for anyone who doesn't know, Namaste is a line of bags that are designed to be snappy enough to carry as a purse, but also very functional as a knitting bag (and big enough to hold both!)
That mesh part that I saw in the pictures is actually their Oh Snap! mesh bags - shown doing their thing, holding a project inside the bag. duh. Well, needless to say, I had to order the mesh bags too. I justified it by telling myself that this will easily allow me to fulfill my plan of always having a pair of socks on the needles this year! And honestly there are a lot of times that I get stuck somewhere and wish I had my knitting with me - now I always will! She's a beaut!
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I also hope you all ate far less candy than I did!