I wasn't really even going to go there: sharing all the Christmas gifts,but here are just a few:
The piece in the top photo is a weaving that C gave to me, made by a local couple (can't find a link anywhere). I had heard of their work and read about them and seen pictures of their recent work in a local magazine but had never seen anything in person. C went to their house/studio (which they call "the house that baskets built.") one day with a friend recently for work related purposes. He asked them to show him something with lime greens and oranges in it, some of the colors I gravitate towards. It was a total surprise. Apparently they sell most of their work at shows in the southwest, so I am floored that we have a piece of their artwork in our own home, "the house that C, and his cabinets, built"! The picture does it little justice.
The window crystal spinner is something I had seen in a catalog, but would never have splurged on, and then on Christmas morning, E unwrapped the present from the moms of the baby I made this sweater for. We've never even met them, so I can only wonder how they picked out something that "fits" us so well. In my opinion, this is the ultimate toy, an ingenious gizmo with a tiny solar panel that suctions onto the window and spins rainbows all around the room ... fueled only by the power of the sun. It really just doesn't get any better than that.
The pom poms aren't meant to be tree ornaments. They're meant to be tied to a pair of ice skates. A friend of mine ice skates a lot. She wears wide flowing skirts when she skates. She keeps us posted on the conditions of all the lakes, as to which ones are safe and smooth as glass. She usually organizes a big New Year's Day skating party, bringing several boxes of 2nd hand ice skates, cookies, and cocoa to share with everyone. Unfortunately, she's been walloped by the flu this week, so it probably won't happen this year. I haven't even seen her since Christmas night to give her the pom poms. They weren't even finished until several days after that, anyways. Maybe they's have been done in time if I'd had one of these instead of doing the cardboard circle trick so there wouldn't be all that poking short lengths of yarn through the hole in the middle, but it is free. These were my only handmade gift this year and I didn't even manage to pull them off on time.
O.K. One more box arrived in the mail today. I've been eyeing these books for the past several months, watching what everyone else has been making, but couldn't justify buying them when there was holiday gifting to do for others and not enough to do handmade gifts for everyone. Finally, I just went ahead and ordered these. I would consider knitting about 75% of the designs in these books so they will be well worth it. Time to start thinking of next year's gifts.