From Jane's sister and brother-in-law. My favorite work-avoidance technique of the past week and a half has been to pull out a hank of the handpainted laceweight, set it up on my vintage swift and this thingy, and wind it into balls--it satisfies something in my perfectionist Virgo heart.
Jane's other sister gave me Perri Klass's Two Sweaters for My Father, which I can't wait to dig into, and she spoiled our beasties--special treats all around.
There was a bit of nail-biting last week, as the crocheted Noro scarf and some other Christmas gifts were temporarily lost in the mail--but they have now been united with their intended owners. I'm still waiting for some gifts from my family to be delivered, thanks to some utterly predictable family dynamics.
I'm working on a final gift scarf (not a Christmas gift), of my own very idiosyncratic design, which involves working from side to side rather than top to bottom (so I have almost 500 stitches on a needle), and will involve paired increases and then decreases in the center to give it a bit of a V shape. I'm not at all sure it's going to work out--I'll report back.