But first a pic of pure contentment; knitting with my back to the fireplace with my feet up and a kitty lapwarmer. You'll notice I picked the shot that blurred out the feet that are in desparate need of a pedicure.
I booked the day off work today to start on the Christmas shopping, and can you believe it I'm almost done! Here we are not even December yet and I've got just a few small gifts left to buy. This has never before happened in my unorganized life, and I venture to say it will never happen again, but I'm just going to gloat in the glory of shopping-done. Of course I'll still be in a panic on Christmas Eve as I remember someone that I totally forgot to buy for, but then it wouldn't be Christmas otherwise, would it?
Here I've finished the Vogue Knitting Lacy Shawl and it's on the blocking board. I don't usually bother to block but the lace just wasn't showing otherwise. I also wasn't sure of what would be the best way to block since being the cheap bastard that I am I made it out of an unlabeled yarn I bought (I think the shawl cost me $6.42) but just wetting it and stretching and pinning it on the board seemed to do the trick.
Tabitha says "thanks for the shawl Mom!"