It feels like a long time since I've been here now. Well, there was my 2012 review post, but a lot of that was ready to go, so it's been nearly two weeks. It's nice to be back though.
I hope you all had a wonderful, exciting, relaxing and joyous holiday season, if you do that kind of thing. I enjoyed mine very much although I must confess, I'm eager for tomorrow's return to school, routine and the mundane normality of life.
I'm so very behind in all getting back to all the wonderful comments and questions that I've been getting from you that a bit of mundane normality is just what I need. I really do have to thank you all so very much for your lovely compliments, kind words and generosity of spirit. You all do such wonders for me and I shall be doing my best to get back to you soon.
In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few of my presents, purchases and bargins from the past weeks.
It's the time of sales, which for me means a trip to John Lewis haberdashery department. There's nearly always a feast of temptation there and as you can see from the top pictures, I made productive use of my time there.
Santa and his various helpers were kind enough to bestow on me some of the very best kind of vouchers. The ones that can exchanged at any store, or cold hard cash as it's better known. So I treated myself to some very cute spoons, an adorable stitchy book and very treaty treat, a new lens for my camera. Very excited about that one.
Of course, it wouldn't be a proper indulgent treat without some fabric, so I had some of that too. Three barginous sale finds on the right there and the others, maybe not so bargious, but equally scrummy.
It also wouldn't be Christmas without some knitting. As I mentioned last year, I find the call of the knitting needles especially seductive around yule time and as it is a time for indulgence, I tend to indulge. In 2011 my knitting palette tended towards wintery blue (with one obvious exception), but this year, soft pinks are the prominent feature.
I dashed off a wintery themed hat for my ever adorable and ever growing baby niece. The pattern was my own, so I was happy that the fit was good and the snowflakes even looked reasonably like snowflakes.
She couldn't keep wearing her Christmas Pudding hat during January, so now she's ready to meet the New Year in appropriate attire!
The cold snap before Christmas left me with an urge for something to keep my toes nice and cozy, and I've had my eye on the pattern for these socks for ages, so it didn't take long to put two and two together.
The pattern is 'Komet' by Stephanie van der Linden, it's a very pretty one I think.
I used my brand new lens to take these photos too. I'm loving the great 'depth of field' blurred background effect I'm getting with it. And I can't wait to play with it some more.
That's it for now, but there's more Christmas knits to show you next time and I want to tell you all about my new plan for this year. But that's all to come....