Yup. It's over. Not my Christmas knitting, but my delusional thinking that it was possible given the other things that had to get done this holiday season. I was still grasping at the dream until I got a phone call on Saturday night. Now, whether or not my last shipment gets to its destination before Christmas just doesn't really matter. There are more important things about the holiday season than whether or not I get my knitting done. Also, no one is going to love me any less if their gifts are late. And as someone recently pointed out, I'm pretty sure no one would really want me to injure myself trying to get it all done in time. So, that's that. I'm still going to try to get those last couple of gifts done, but if they don't get done, it's ok.
So what were those other things I had to do? Well, this year, the theme was mass production. This is a theme that I even carried through most of my Christmas knitting, too...which you will see after they are finally opened. However, there are a few things I can share. Like the cookies. Granted this was not the large-scale production Nonnahs was able to accomplish, but then you can see why I don't bake much. I decided that it would be way sadder to not participate in the cookie contest/exchange at my office than the trouble it would be to make the cookies, so I did. Thanks to Cora's shortbread recipe, I was able to crank out a batch of shortbread in no time flat. Now, they really were prettier than in this picture. The little bits were the tastes and all the corners turned into tastes as well, while the nicer pieces where for the exchange. I think they came out pretty good taste-wise if I do say so myself. Although, the fact that my cookies weren't covered in chocolate meant they went largely untouched during the tasting. Oh well. I have a bag full of cookies for my efforts.
The other thing on my list were goodie bags. My hair dresser (aka beauty operator if you live in Texas ;-) asked if I would be willing to make her holiday give-a-ways this year. She would pay me for my time (which I desperately needed at the time) and I got an excuse to play with bath salts. I ended up making Lavender Bath Salts from stuff I already had. B helped with the tags and Nonnahs helped design the arrangement. I think they came out really cute and super cheap to make. I will probably make something very similar for my own office give-a-ways next year, especially since I have a ton of the outer bags and the little baggies that held the salts left over.
So what did my coworkers get this year? Snowmen. Many, many, many snowmen. 60 to be precise. They are really picture frame magnets (you can put a photo in the space of each snowman's tummy). I found the kits at Michael's. So for about $12, I was able to make little gifts for all my officemates as well as the few people I send cards to each year. I was concerned that the little orange noses would fall off, but so far their glue has held really well.
And finally (and quickly because I'm hungry), I wanted to share a shot of my Deep V vest prior to it's bath. It is nice and clean and dry right now. On Thursday night, we will tack down the neck and he'll show us how to sew down the facings of the steeks. I tried it on last night and it definitely fits better, but there is a bit of room in the top. I have been trying it on with close fitting t-shirts since that is apparently what I am living in these days, but I think a button down will help to fill out the loose space. At least I hope it does!