I finished the birthday socks for my Mom. They need to be blocked yet, but there is still time before her birthday in early February to do that. I'm really pleased with how well the stripes matched up, except for down on the toes. Somehow the very tip of the toe is different on the second sock even though I kept a count of how many rows for each portion of the sock (cuff, leg, heel, foot) on the first one and did exactly the same number of rows on the second sock. I guess maybe I was off a hair in where in the color pattern on the yarn I started sock #2. Oh well. Mom is going to love them, regardless.
I started a new project over the weekend, a Forest Glade cowl in a lovely shade of blue green worsted weight. Knitting on a #9 circ instead of the #8 the pattern calls for, because apparently I do not own #8 tips. Just 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 9s, 10s, 11s. . . (Come to think of it, I didn't buy myself a set of 8s because DD1 has a pair that size. Hers just happen to be 90 miles away at her apartment right now.)
I'm just eight rows in so far, so it doesn't look like much yet. I expect it will look more interesting for next week's yarn along.
I also finished reading A Quilt For Christmas over the weekend. The plot was a little rushed (ie. simplistic) in places, but overall I enjoyed the story. Now I am reading Wildly Affordable Organic. Haven't learned anything so far I didn't all ready know (but then again, I've been cooking from scratch and growing organic veggies for nearly two decades now); although in fairness I have to say I'm only on chapter two. The writing style is enjoyable, so I will probably read the entire book even if it does turn out to be non-educational for me.