In case you hadn't noticed! We will put our tree up in the next few days, we would normally wait until next week but we need something to lift our spirits amongst all this wind and rain. I use a lot of fresh decorations (for fresh you can insert "free" as I gather it all from our garden and the surrounding countryside), so they will have to wait until next week but the tree will be very welcome.
I have made some new decorations this year having been inspired by all the wonderful creations I have seen around blogland. I love Caroline's stars and the Yo-Yo garlands popping up everywhere are brilliant, I have really enjoyed reading about other people's Christmas traditions in the last few weeks, in particular I enjoyed reading Suzi's post about a Bavarian Christmas. I had really never heard about Christkind before and my children listened avidly as I shared the story with them.
Whilst Christmas shopping on Amazon, it would seem I somehow accidently dropped a little something for myself into my basket. I have always been a fan of Erika Knight and indeed most of the baby garments I have knitted have come from one or other of her books.
I don't think I have ever had a book with so many "must knits". They are all simple, classic, very wearable patterns using yarns familiar to me, a lot of them use fully-fashioned shaping which I really like.