I am rather late for this post, but I also have a massive amount of things to share, so let's jump right in! We'll start with gifts I've been working on, than transit into the ones I received.
For once, I am still working on Age is Irrelephant, a gift for my best friend's mum. It'll probably be ready for its own update post in a couple of page, for now I'll share my progress from a while ago:
My grandma said she needed a new pair of wrist warmers - she still wears them every night - so I picked out some left over sock yarn from my stash that was just enough to knit a pair up. And I mean *just* - I had about a metre left over when I finished, phew! (I've also been practicing to take more instagramable pictures, in case you are wondering):
I also picked up a real old UFO - this red snake was started almost twenty years ago, as a present for my mum. I finished the body alright, but just couldn't get the head to work, so it went into a drawer and...stayed there. When I was thinking what to get her for her birthday this year, I remembered the snake and decided to finally finish her! I still didn't love the pattern, and the yarn is horrible (maybe one of the reasons I couldn't get it done the last time around - the white stripes are a pure sheep wool that kept breaking all the time!), so she isn't quite up to my usual standards, and I didn't have proper snaky eyes, but I still think she is quite cute! I had originally planned to make a second snake in purple, but have now decided that one is enough, and what is left of the white yarn (and the black too, don't know what that one's excuse is for being horrible and breaking so much!) will be chucked into the garbage.
I worked some more on my Ubuntu blanket, the yarn for which was a gift for my birthday. I finished part one - which made a start on all six of the central diamonds. Aren't all these colours lovely?
Since, I have started to work on part 2, which has all the diamonds about double in size!