Hello all! I almost made it but not quite. And that was perfectly okay! The only person who didn't get a handknit gift (of those who were supposed to) is my date but I've got a good running start on his socks so he'll have them soon. I gave up a lot of prime knitting time to friends and family and it was worth every minute. The stitches will wait--the people are precious.
I ended up doing a lot of my washing and blocking at the office. I work in a Victorian mansion that was purchased by an order of cloistered Sacramentine nuns in the early 1920s. They built onto the mansion, added a teaching order, two schools and a public chapel. It is now home to some of our support programs along with about 35 units of housing. It's a really beautiful property and a really cool place to work in. In the spirit of the early 20th century, there's one huge boiler for the whole property and, since we have housing, it can't be turned off. Which means my office is pretty much the surface of the sun. The bulkiest cowl literally dried in about half an hour. (BTW--if anyone knows where I can find a few million bucks for historic restoration, let me know. You never know what knitters can help with!)
The next two weeks are for peaceful, quiet knitting and tidying up.