They also know what I like, and that is more things to knit and knit with. The holidays were good to me this year. The book and calendar are from my secret santa at work (thanks Jesse!). The Lime & Violet Sasquatch Sock Yarn in Nuggies is from my friend Maura (Thanks!) and the Claudia Hand Painted Yarns in Eat Your Veggies (acquired through kpixie) is from my Mom, along with all the needles and that really cute sock blocker keychain (it came with a pattern to make socks that fit it!)
Speaking of my Mom, these are the socks I made for her, as modeled by me. She loved them and the fact that they are machine washable! My Dad's, however, did not get done. I'm actually going to have to order another skein of yarn to finish them (I did not pay attention to yardage. Bad Tina.) My dad got to see them in progress though and he really liked how they looked, so that is good.
Not all of my gifts were knitterly. From Ray I got the Philip Pullman "His Dark Materials" Trilogy (The Golden Compass is the first book in the trilogy) in a nice box set, and this really awesome wireless mouse for my laptop. He also fixed the CD drive on my laptop so that I can put music on it and he reinstalled/upgraded my OS to Tiger and basically made my computer run like new! He's so amazing.
My brother, Doug, got me a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble which may go to knitting books, but I'm not quite sure yet because there are some "actual" books that I've had my eye on. We shall see.
Overall, it was a nice holiday. We went to my parents house on Christmas Eve, and were at Ray's sister's house for Christmas Day. She made us a really good dinner and sent us home with leftover's and wine.
Today, it was back to work and while we were quite busy at times I'm sure it was not even a fraction of the madness that was out in the "mall area". I'm so glad I don't work out there anymore. Tomorrow night is our work party at Chiante, a new Italian restaurant. It'll be fun to relax and eat with my co-workers and friends. And now I'm off to play with my new yarn and my new mouse. I should probably continue working on my Dad's sock too.
Happy holidays everyone, and to those of you who could not have a happy holiday this year I hope that, in the future, the happiness you experience more than makes up for the sadness you're experiencing now. My heart is with you.