For over a week now the commercials on my TV and my neighbors ghetto-style, flashing, blue icicle lights have announced the arrival of the holiday season, and by holiday season I clearly mean shopping season. It used to be that people cared about etiquette and did not put up their holiday decor until the day after Thanksgiving, but the world has gone tacky and consumer and now it's the day after Halloween. I hate this extension of the holiday season, I mean shopping season. However, as a knitter, who likes to knit at least a few of her holiday gifts, it is nice to get the advanced warning that time is at a premium to get those projects done. And with money tight this year and the price of airline tickets soaring (it looks like we're taking the train), it is nice to find some really great yarn in my stash that is perfect for some of my holiday projects. It's like I paid it forward back in the days before we were quite this poor. Now, I can only hope that the folks we get in my family's name exchange both want hand-knits made from purple yarn.
In other news, I attended my first knitting group here in Santa Fe and had a really nice time and got some of that holiday knitting started.