Even though its cold and traditional seasonal bad weather has made travel interesting. I have been working overtime to cushion the holiday gift giving. Arrive to work early anyway easier to get paid for it. The car is great in the snow, since its manual transmission it has more guts than and automatic transmission. More control of my speed, downshifting is great the engine slows it a bit better so no skidding really. As long as one goes slow and doesn't have to drive through a foot of snow it will be fine. Will feel better when my vacation time comes back in the new year, if it decides to blizzard. Making sure to keep my immunity up, eating well and taking my vitamins. Do not want to be calling off work due to illness either. Though working in an office around people terrifies me with the whole germ factory that seems to happen each year.
Finding most of my evenings to myself, nothing better than keeping ones hands busy. So I made two distaffs based on some medieval illumination images so I can walk around and spin. Might be easier than to command the spinning wheel around, though it catches the attention of the public. So I just finished my gray wool using this method. Noticing it does more feeding the wool roving instead of making clumps in my hand or winding roving over my arm. More able to make longer consistent lengths without as much blending from chunk to chuck of wool roving. So I can tell my spinning wheel has helped my hand spinning techniques as far as wool handling which made it much less labor intensive.
On the needlepoint front, have three colors completed on the large canvas and its working pretty well. Looking for more of this style there are 4 kits created on the unicorn cluny tapestries by Dimensions. These were made in the late 70's and early 80's and are discontinued and the unworked kits are a little expensive. Though when I can see if they are taking a best offer instead of a high price, so worth trying to barter. Doing the same on some handmade Brenda Price dolls that are historical pieces, have one and bartered for prices on two. They are wonderfully nice and come with tags and they year made, around the 1980's as well. Considering buying a proper curio cabinet to store them safely.
Exchanged early with some friends who I will not see over the holiday weekend. So there are some opened gifts under the tree and thank you's have been given. Went through old Christmas cards from years past and got rid of many cluttering up my closet with my other holiday decorations. So avoiding the mall that is close by since the rush is on for the holiday. Need to pick up cat food, littler and lunch stuffs but thinking that may be reserved for late night trips to avoid the crowds. Nice to have time off, quiet day at home with kitties and crafting.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,