Cross stitching and machine knitting are the two main crafts that I do more or less constantly. The knitting has to go on hold until my right shoulder mends a bit. I use a magnifying glass that hangs around my neck - maybe you have seen them? for the cross stitch, so I can put my arms down further, and not be peering at the fabric. It is lighted too. One by one all my bits are falling apart, it seems like. I can't figure out what to do with the stitched pieces, I usually frame them (have them framed) but where will I hang them? It seems like every bit of wall is already occupied. Maybe I will rotate them, that will also make me see them anew. After they are completed I usually am sick to death of the sight of them. I also try not to begin a new project when the old one isn't completed, the knitting people call them UFOs (Un Finished Objects) but unlike hand knitting, using machines means I can't readily start a new item because the old one is hanging on the machine, taunting me.
I am having the devil of a time with an eBay seller in Beijing. I bought a winter coat, very lovely, but about 5 sizes too small. The listing explained that Chinese sizes are different from our sizes, so to be safe I ordered the largest size they make, supposedly a US size 3X (Chinese 5X). The coat was about a size 12 I think. So, with regret, I returned it. $60 in postage, custom forms, etc. The seller says the coat "never arrived" and ebay confirmed that they are not obligated to return my item price (I would still be out the shipping to and fro). I have opened a case with the USPS because the coat was insured, but I don't know how that will work out. I should have donated the coat to charity. Damn. My advice: don't buy from China, many packages routinely "get lost" and how do you prove that you did not receive it, or that they actually got the return? And they will get bad feedback from me anyway. I have NEVER given bad feedback, and I have 100% positives and glowing comments from all 600+ sellers from whom I have bought, over the years from 2005. Damn it.
Well, enough sour grapes for this post. I hope all my readers, casual or following me, have a safe trip to the family gatherings, and that all the gifts DO NOT have to be returned!