I finished the Christmas decorating Thanksgiving weekend, and although it took several hours and pretty much every single ornament I own, the 9+ foot tree was done.
I spent most of the first week of December in Washington, DC for a conference. Of course I found a local yarn shop and made some new knitting friends. I highly recommend Looped Yarn Works as a great place to shop and also very welcoming to strangers for knit night.
Most of the rest of the month was spent getting ready for the holidays. Our daughter & her fiance and my in-laws came for a couple of days at Christmas. My parents and some friends here in town joined us for Christmas dinner as well.
Somehow in all the hustle & bustle of present opening and socializing, I forgot to take pictures of the actual gift opening, but here's some evidence of the aftermath.
My daughter liked the sweater I knit for her. She had picked out the pattern & yarn a couple of months ago, but had totally forgotten about it, so it was a surprise.
And my friend Nicole was happy with the shrug I knit for her. She had picked out the pattern & yarn when I drug her to the yarn shop on our visit to PA in September.
A fitting gift for me this Christmas! I got several other items I wanted, but this was the funny one.
So Christmas is over, all the decorations are put away, 2013 is gone and 2014 is here. I've been thinking about goals for the year, and that's another post that I plan to write soon.
But for now, we're all wiped out around here.