I've started my first beaded ornament of the season. Here is the outside:
Here is the inside, where you can see the beads a little better:
Once it's stretched over the glass ball, you can see the lace pattern a lot better. Are you knitting any Christmas ornaments this year?
I've started the cabling of the Mr. Greenjeans sweater, but there's not enough progress to show. Mostly I've been writing, doing a little reading, and trying to keep up with the million chores I've been neglecting.
Fleece Navidad, the sixth knitting mystery by Maggie Sefton, is a good read for this time of year. The solution to the murder is very predictable, but watching Kelly and friends prepare for their Christmas holiday is cozy, fun, and a great escape from stress. The ladies churn out lots of hats, scarves, and mittens for the bazaar and the shop, and retired detective Burt is forever spinning more fleeces. The Christmas Eve party at the end of the story is full of the best smells and tastes of Christmas, and makes readers want to bake all kinds of delectables. The cinnamon roll recipe included at the back of the book is calling me mightily. I may have to give in.
If I'm not able to post again before then, I want to wish all U.S. readers a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving!