I don't usually knit my Christmas gifts. Maybe one or 2 but usually not more than that. This year however I had my usual one, a request, a new baby coming (not mine), a hat for his brother a mobius for his mom and I haven't started anything. I haven't even woven in the ends of the fairisle nor have I started the Vogue shrug. Time is running out, and I'm...well, procrastinating. However, in true harlot-wanna-be form I started this:
I went holiday shopping in Half Moon Bay this weekend and found a kit for this wrap called Sursa out of one of Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton's Noro books (the second, believe). It's knit with Noro Silk Garden held double (both ends of each skein). I get mesmerized while knitting this project wondering what color combo will come up next, or deciding which skein to add next -- they all start/end differently. I'm half done with with the main part, which I cast on yesterday afternoon. I also bought a nice project bag made from bolivian blankets, a pink fresh water pearl necklace with matching earrings and a hand painted silk scarf -- all (shamefully) for me.
Another thing taking time, attention away from Christmas knitting/project finishing/starting is this:
my other passion is bobbin lace. This is an acorn (I've taken artistic liberty with the colors) done in Milanese style lace. Bobbins (aren't they stunning?) hand turned by Wolf Bauer.