Another “Leftie” Shawl by Martina Behm. This is my ‘go to’ pattern. It used to be her Hitchhiker pattern but I like using two colors instead of one. So many of my friends say they like mine when I’m wearing it. It’s easy to wear too. You don’t have to fuss with it to get it to look nice on you. This is the 4th or 5th version I’ve made of it. This is a thank you present for a friend. I have another one cast on tUIKeyInputDownArrowhe needles now. We’re skipping Christmas this year. By that I mean I’m only shopping for only the younger kids in the family. We don’t want any presents. We need or want for nothing at this stage of our lives. In fact we have too much stuff and I can’t give it away fast enough :). None of my family or friends live nearby and normally I’ll spend at least $150 shipping gifts. It’s just nuts! My besties and the family are totally cool with it. October was a complete blur since I was pretty much sick or half deaf the entire month so I figured this year I deserve a break. I’ve gotten little to no Christmas knitting or quilting done this year and rather than make the insane attempt to catch up, I’m taking a Christmas Vacation :). Not going to set up the usual 4 Christmas trees. Especially not setting up the Bruins tree (not the way they’ve been playing and please Santa can we make Anton the starting goalie all the time?). I’m skipping the cards too. Not baking cookies and goodies to feel guilty about eating :). If you’ve been following my blog over the years, you know I usually go crazy with anything Christmas. I unfortunately don’t have a staff of underlings like Martha Stewart or a maid. Wouldn’t either of those options be fantastic :). Just deep cleaning this house nevermind decorating takes a couple of days and several Alleves. My main mission in life right now is to downsize the amount of stuff we have so our next house can be much smaller. The plan is to spend less time in that smaller house and more time traveling. We’re starting now :). We’re going to spend Christmas in a seaside cottage. It’s adorable. I’m even thinking of ordering one of those premade heat and serve ham dinners with all the fixings. The world will not spin off its axis if we skip Christmas for one year :).