The Holidays were a strange mix of good and not so good. I managed to get through without any Vicodin for my foot until last night (but it really did make for better sleep than I’ve been getting). DH didn’t have a reinsurance of the digestive issues from Christmas Eve, but neither was he really up to enjoying the Christmas fare. My mother-in-law has broken a tooth, and was doing her best to power through as well.
In addition, a really odd set of coincidences marred my gift receiving experiences to the point where I felt justified in purchasing more goodies for myself come boxing day (both Steve and Dottie enabled this choice on my part). I ordered a gorgeous Ladakh Phang support spindle from tinasangoras, and am waffling on getting myself an Ashford Sampler niddy noddy as well.
This was our first Christmas with Abby. We got to Facetime her while she was at the Peace Corps regional headquarters for her celebration, and we called her again on Boxing Day, so both sides of the family got to speak to her, but there was lots of missing going on.
Other than that, the seasonal cheer flowed freely, and the children had a wonderful time, and it was far less fraught than last years festivities were, so that’s good.
Blog Contests and Giveaways
I didn’t win the November/December Luxury Yarn Package from Expression Fiber Arts, so I entered the next drawing (15 January). I didn’t win any of the multiple Phat Fiber or Knitter’s Pride giveaways either. Nor did I win the indigo dyed shawl from Jennifer Falkowski, or the Susan B Anderson book from Knitting Pipeline.
I did, however, with the Ballpoint Pen yarn from “With Pointed Stitcks”. According to my tracking spreadsheet, I’ve won more than 4% of the giveaways I’ve entered. That’s pretty impressive.
These are absolutely gorgeous. I’m still deciding what to make with them. I want to find the perfect pattern to show off the co-ordinated semi-solid and variegated yarns. The top candidates are the Me and You… and You and Me shawl, Windowpane socks and Syncopated Hats, but I’m definitely open to suggestions if you have any.