Yeah, that's a pile of signature needles sitting on the books! These mark my very first signatures - circulars in US 3, 5 and 6 from husband, and a set of DPNS in 2.5mm from my mother-in-law! I've used both the DPNS and the size 3 circs already, on the same project: a failed attempt to get a super-variegated yarn to pool correctly. While the project was a bust, I do love the needles. They're so light, with nice sharp tips and the cable on the circs is wonderful!
The books are self explanatory, and were both on my wishlist. I've already started a pair of socks from Nancy Bush's Knitting Vintage Socks, the Gentleman's Sock in Lozenge Pattern:
And I love it (other than the shit ton of stitches on the needle due to the ridiculously small gauge...)!
The project bags are pretty awesome - the TARDIS one is from husband, made by JessaLu. I absolutely adore those little box bags. They are the perfect size for a small project and fit nicely in my purse. I have a few others from JessaLu, which are also geektastic, along with a pile of other box bags littering my knitting space. The big, gorgeous drawstring bag is something super special. First of all, this was again a gift from my mother-in-law, who does a stellar job of shopping off my wishlist, and is amazing. My online-rav-buddy (isn't it strange how the interwebs has fucked up how we define our relationships?), who is an active member of the wollmeise group and by all accounts fucking awesome, makes these bags, "all made out of pure silk fabrics woven at the local centuries-old silk weaving mills of Sudbury, England." Check out the beauties he creates. They're the Ferraris of project bags. I cannot get over how beautiful the silk is, how well crafted the bag is, and how BIG it is! It is currently my blankie of death project bag. I have my section-in-progress, the two sets of needles I use, and a big ol' pile of little balls:
And look how much space there is left! Husband is diligently winding my minis into balls to fill the bag :)
Oh, that iPhone? That is actually my birthday present from husband, and I love it soooooo much that I had to include it! I do use it for knitting - I use the stitchminder app to keep track of rows, and of course use it to surf rav...
The last thing I have to share is kind of odd, and doesn't actually count as a Christmas gift. I include it because it arrived on Christmas day, which still baffles me, as I kind of figured the USPS had off, it being a. Christmas and b. a Sunday. This last thing is perhaps the most beautiful craft book I have ever encountered:
The book has knitting and sewing patterns, as well as recipes. The patterns are broken up by season, and the photography reflects such. The layout, photos and patterns are just beautiful. The mittens on the right are the very reason I purchased the book - I love the delicate lace and that they layers preserve warmth. The only problem that I personally have with this book, and really it is a minor issue, is that it is written in Estonian. I don't speak (or even read) Estonian. Y'all must think I'm crazy for purchasing a book I can't read, but... well... I have no counterargument. I just don't care. The book is beautiful, I can figure out the patterns from the charts (and maybe a little help from google translator), and it is so much fun to flip through, so I am just going to embrace the crazy and keep an eye out for Estonian language CDs at Costco.
(If you happen to understand Estonian, or just want to look at pretty photos and pretend you know what they're about, check out the author's blog here. I really really wish I knew Estonian...)