in under the wire......
2012 is on its way out--just a few more hours here on the West Coast. There are a couple of things I'd like to share before the calendar turns over.
I have been purging my bookshelves, and I have segregated what I call my "aspirational volumes" on one shelf: books I've been planning to read bit haven't made time for. This December I've hardly read a thing, just an old favorite for about 10 minutes at night in bed before conking out. First in January? Crandolin, by Anna Tambour.
Anna is a high school friend of mine who now lives in Australia. She is an amazing, fantastical writer (her short story collection Monterra's Deliciousa and Other Tales is marvelous) and her works deserve more attention than I can give late in the day. I'm looking forward to starting this one tomorrow!
Last month I was absolutely gobsmacked to receive a package from Russia! When I opened it I found these most amazing Sashiko Socks, designed and knit for me by Nathalie Vasilieva (Skeincharmer on Ravelry)--you can see that she used the motifs from my Sashiko Jacket:
And the cuffs:
I expect lots of changes in 2013, some I'm looking forward to and some thrust upon me. On the whole I'm looking forward to it. But now way could I let 2012 end without showing you these two gifts of the hands and hearts--thank you Anna and Nathalie!