My Christmas weekend was peacefully spent at home with loved ones. I am happy to report that the knitted gifts were very much appreciated. That's always a relief since one never knows how handmade gifts will be received in this era of electronics and gadgetry. Now that the holiday knitting is finished for another year, I can turn my attention to the most appreciative recipient of my knitting efforts: me. Currently on the needles is Turmeric designed by the talented Veera Valimaki. I had casted on for this back in October but took a hiatus due to the gift knitting. Now I'm back to it in full swing, having completed the yoke and divided for the sleeves. Another self-indulgent project is a repeat knit of the Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos. I had knitted the first one for my little sister and almost gave into the urge to keep it and buy her cheese instead. Now I can have one for myself, guilt-free. The week after Christmas is a little difficult for me, mainly because I enjoy the anticipation and bustle of preparing for the holidays so much. The transition to non-holiday mode is always helped by making myself something warm and cozy. Plus leftover cookies and lots of tea! Add in inspiration from these crafty bloggers at TAMI'S AMIS and I'll be back to my normal self in no time!