Thursday, December 21, 2006

On the home run

Well, after reading it for most of my waking hours (and some of the ones I usually spend sleeping!) when I am not with the children or in the office, I finally finished the preliminary read-through on the book I am working on:

Now I need to wait for the authors to get back to me with the answers to my queries and for the editors' proofs to arrive...

So, in the meantime, I have been making some Christmas preparations. Paul bought the tree and the children had free rein to decorate it:

A lot of the decorations are ones they have made over the years, including the star at the top and the Hama bead decorations, which kept them busy last Christmas holidays! I even bought a wreath for the door:

Depressingly, it is so dark that my flash goes off even in the middle of the day! Still we are at the shortest day today and I feel so relieved - these dark mornings really get to me after a while. I have even squeezed in some knitting - and finished yet another alpaca scarf last night - 6 have already been given to their recipients (mostly the children's teachers, who all loved them!).

I have also been thinking about upcoming birthdays and planning ahead. It is Ellen's in January so I have been swatching, thinking about what to make with the lovely yarn Nic gave me:

I want to make a simple cardigan so might just go for it! Do you reckon I have time? And then Paul's birthday is in February and he has been asking for another sweater, and I saw Beau from Rowan Vintage Knits on Elli's blog and thought what a lovely pattern it is:

and found the yarn on ebay, so, in a fit of enthusiasm, am planning to knit it for Paul in this pretty colour, called Hero

As if all this wasn't enough, my copy of this arrived today:

and I am excited about planning a project in the Knit Picks yarn I just got from my Secret Pal! Victorian Lace Today wasn't the only exciting post I got today. This arrived from Alex. Do you remember the pincushion I made? Well, I entered her competition in the first issue of Proud to be Crafty and won! I got some lovely goodies: some Peace Fleece buttons, which are really pretty, with little stars on, and some stitch markers, a pen with a pen topper and a great stripey scrapbook. And, my copy of PtbC was in the package too! It has quite made my day!


Blogger HPNY Knits said...

i'll take the guy thank you very much... oh, yes that will be a lovely blue for it too!

12:42 AM  
Anonymous Jill said...

So pleased the Book is finished, and that you have managed to have some Christmas fun with the children, and manaed to squeeze in a bit of knitting too! I do like Xmas trees like yours - my DIL has themed trees (which the children aren't allowed to touch) they have one in the top landing they can decorate.....

9:34 AM  
Anonymous dawn said...

So much to play with! (not including the children's toys). Lovely tree and I love the children's decorations. Much better than the one here in the office!

Happy Christmas, see you in the new year!

3:02 PM  

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