Ok, so the preparation for this Christmas season wasn't exactly what I had expected. Instead of calm evenings in my beautifully decorated house, I frantically knitted my fingers to the bone and on most nights did not even plug my Christmas tree lights in. Why so frantic, you ask? Well, in October it seemed like a fine idea to say yes to anyone and everyone who asked me to knit a present for one of their loved ones. Now I'm older and wiser, and I know that is not a fine idea. I've instated a new policy: if you haven't ever told me you love me, you are probably not getting any items from my knitting needles in the near future. Someday, maybe, but not soon. Sorry to sound harsh, but I'm doing this for my sanity. I do need to add that this situation was my own fault, I did get paid, and I do love knitting things for others. It was just the combination of holiday stress, strict deadlines (yes, Christmas is December 25th, EVERY year), and my knack for grossly underestimating the amount of time it takes to knit things (especially sweaters). With that, I'll leave you with some photos of things I've knit in the last couple of months. (These photos do not include everything. There were some things I finished so close to the deadline I was practically weaving in yarn ends while driving to meet the customer.) Not pictured are two green, seed-stitch berets, a pair of charcoal grey mitten gloves with white snowflakes, and a half finished Christmas stocking.