Knitting right now is a mad dash to create presents for all the babies in my life. I'm a few behind, and more are scheduled to be born all through the spring!
I found this Gracie Hat on Ravelry this past week and thought it would be perfect for a friend who is adopting from China. I had this red cotton and gave it a try! Christina is busy crocheting flowers to clip to it. I plan to start a cream-colored one this week.
Knitting with this white alpaca was amazing! I started this hat on Christmas day and it was complete luxury to have it slip through my fingers. I'm onto my second one now, with plans for more beyond that.
I also began casting on today for the Downton Abbey Knit-a-long! I'm quite excited about it and eager to watch the first episode -- I've been waiting to watch it with a friend!
As for books:
Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends by Pippa Middleton was so much better than I expected after the bad press I feel this book has received. I LOVED this book! It was beautifully put together with wonderful photos and lots of really good ideas as well as recipes. The recipes tended more towards adult gourmet, but there were so many good ideas and inspirations in the book that I plan to add it to my collection as soon as I can find a reasonably priced copy.
An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor is the latest book in the Irish Country Doctor series. It seems a tradition for me to read this series in January. I need to take a photo of Laura and I sitting together while I read so I can continue the tradition from years past. Simply put, this series is an Irish GP version of the English James Heriot veterinarian books.
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