I finally managed to get Richard, his camera and my birthday presents in one place, so I can share them with you!
First, from my sister, antique (probably mock) tortoiseshell needles - 2 straights, 4 dpns, and a button hook (although the vendor thought it was a crochet hook!), as well as a beautiful bell needle gauge:
(Apparently the old UK sizes were based on the classification system of wire thickness, as the usual needles were simply steel wires with points.)
Next, from one of my dear friends, a beautiful shawl pin worked in wood from Roleswoodcrafts and bought from an excellent yarn shop in Darlington Covered Market, A Fine Yarn, run by the friendly and helpful Christine. If you've never tried it, and you are in the area, I recommend it - I have heard many good things about it:
I'm not sure, but from the photos on the website, I think it's in Zebrina wood.
Now for two FOs and a WIP, also posted on Ravelry. Firstly, the famous BSJ:
I worked this in RYC Cashsoft DK. It was good fun, and I enjoyed making it. I enjoyed even more handing the shapeless piece to non-knitters and saying, 'Turn that into a baby jacket' :)
My ongoing lace piece at present (currently sadly neglected while I finish something I've had hanging around for even longer!) is the Lucy Neatby Cloud Scarf (scroll down to see details), which I'm making in Debbie Bliss Cathay to act as a runner for my Welsh dresser:
It's quite complex to work, but I'm loving it. The edging worked all in one piece with the rest is really clever!
Lastly, socks - I finished these a while ago. They're in Opal Rainforest Tiger, and I followed Lucy Neatby's suggestion in Cool Socks, Warm Feet of purling the black sections. They may look squat and wide, but so do my feet :)
I also used her cuff from the 'Mermaid' socks in that book, where you work a piece of garter stitch until it fits round your leg, graft the ends together, and pick up the stitches around it to start the body of the sock:
That's about it for this week, I'm afraid. As Tigger says: "Just wanna sleeeeeep....."