Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas, Here and Gone

Yes, Christmas did happen, and in the snap of a shutter it was gone again.

I didn't get too many good shots on the day. I find it difficult to remember to take pictures AND open presents, and gifts always manage to win that kind of competition anyway. And my, my, my, but there were an awful lot of lovely gifts.

Here's a few highlights:

Elly hand-dyed some yarn especially for me.

It's sock weight and in very beautiful colours called cyclamen, hyacinth and silver birch. It has since been wound into a ball, and I think it may become a beret in short order.

I received this gorgeous little watercolour painted by Vanessa Cabban (I bought this from her etsy shop a few weeks back, but being so close to Christmas, Nigel made me wait to see it up close and in person - isn't he cruel?).

I highly recommend checking out her etsy shop (lovely little watercolours) and her blog (her writing is adorably sweet).

And Ian loves his new fish hat.

In fact, he wore it almost continuously the first two days - that's him showing off his new iPod (IPod ipod Ipod?).

Nigel's really big gift to me was the most fantastic legal document, in which he promises not to complain (in my presence) of the cost of our upcoming house reno. I'm tempted to reveal to him now that this may be the house reno, to top all house renos, and perhaps the shear size of the bill will get us on the evening news, but then again, maybe it's better to leave a few surprises in a marriage, yes?


Jane said...

The fish hat looks great! The hand-dyed yarn is exquisite. The names of the colours are so beautiful. Can't wait to see what it becomes.

ambermoggie said...

fabulous colour yarn and I love the print:)
Happy new year

ian said...

Love that fish hat! That hand-dyed yarn is really neat as well.

Sounds like you really scored with that legal document. It will come in very handy throughout the year, I'm sure!

martiangirl said...

Love the hat and the yarn! But the names of the yarn are just to complicated for my level of intellegence. I think it's spelled IPod? Sounds like you've got a good understanding with Nigel.

martiangirl said...

I love the painting! Forgot to mention that in the other comment. Also it's spelled iPod, isn't that weird?