Ooh...it's been a while.
Anyone out there??
Didn't think so.
So a short summary:
1. Went to Ocracoke, knitted and knitted, but still didn't get all the Christmas/Hanukkah gifts done, got truck stuck (and unstuck) instead.
2. Went to Indiana, gave away three and a half completed scarves, finished fourth, impressed many people all around, tried to teach knitting to three other people (ha!).
3. Went immediately to Philly, was directed to ultracool knit shop, tried to encourage another person to take up knitting.
4. Came back to D.C., saw very cute panda. IN. REAL. LIFE. Like I said, v. cute.
5. Got sick. Won't go into details because they are really, really gross. Blech.
6. Flew to Eugene, Oregon. Had a spa day, went to the beach, went skiing, saw yet another cool knit shop, learned that once again...Audrey rocks.
7. Came back to D.C. Phew!
So Malcolm and I started traveling Dec. 17 and returned to D.C. on Jan. 15, with only 4 days at home in between. He was a great traveler, mi Senor "Duerma Bastante."
I really want to find family photos posing with my FOs, but haven't yet. Meanwhile, I'm working on this scarf with the Noro Kureyon yarn in the #88 colorway that I bought in Philly with Debra. It's yummy natural yarn that feels so good and I love the striping action. Must knit more...
Also, on the numerous plane rides, I finished "Zen and the Art of Knitting." I recommend it for a lot of good thoughts about the importance of handwork to the psyche and the connection between different types of creativity, i.e. why I started a blog after starting knitting and am now looking into grad school.
Other holiday acquisitions:
1. My lovely honey, my one and only blog reader, got me the Knitters' Bible, a Colinette sweater pattern book and a beautiful book I had been dreaming of...all without prompting!! I love him!!
2. With one of my Christmas gift certificates, I picked up the Zen book and the Stitchionary (I love saying that!).
3. Carolyn and I hit some insane after-holiday sales at Hobby Lobby, and I snatched up some other pattern books for half off.
4. Along with the Noro, I picked up Elizabeth Zimmerman's book and have become a convert.
5. My special order from Annie Modesitt came in, and the scarf I am knitting now is my first with untwisted stitches. Of course, I am using Western knitting, but I can't wait to try Combination on my next project.
Which reminds me, I never wrote abou tthe Twisted Stitches Saga. I'll try to next time, after I see to the baby's crying...