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Ah, a three day weekend ahead of me. Why am I so excited that I'm going to have time to do chores? Yeah, this is one exciting life!

I have one important accomplishment to share however...I finally finished all my Christmas presents! Yay! I'm just happy I did it by the end of summer.

These are Mom's socks. Before Christmas, I spent an entire, unfortunate weekend trying to sew some gifts. We aren't speaking of it. The disappointment is still too great. But that did mean I wasted 48 hours (because of course, I figured I would have all those hours to work on something) going in the wrong direction. These socks are plan B.

So Merry Christmas Mom! You should be getting these in the next couple of days.

They are the Diagonal Rib socks from Interweave's Knitting Daily. The pattern is free if you sign up for the site. Completely worth it.

I love how the socks look and the diagonal rib is very clever and very easy. A lot of bang for the buck. However, this particular pair ended up making a heavy fabric. I used Blue Moon Socks that Rock heavyweight (it is possible it is medium weight, the label is long gone) in Midsummer's Night. And Mom always wants the socks as long as possible. They were so heavy and dense towards the end that they were getting hard to hold up and work on. I think it is what she will like but I think I would have preferred them in a lighter weight yarn. I'll probably make these socks again.

I also finished my brother's birthday gift just in time. His home office is in his basement and freezing in the winter. So I whipped up these fingerless gloves for him. They are in Patons SWS in the Natural Navy colorway. Which is funny they are called Navy because I don't think there is a lick of blue in my skeins. They are all black, tan, grey and a strip of purple. They look very nice and I think they will fit well. I went through several patterns, and three gloves before I decided I liked these.

The pattern is from Knit Picks. I enjoyed it and they knit up quickly. The yarn is probably too jazzy for my brother if he was going to wear them out of the house. But just in his office is probably OK. He'll think of me.

So now I have to get on the ball and whip up another pair of socks for Mom whose birthday is the first week of Feb.

Work work work.