Today the tree finally went up. Not decorated, mind you, but up. I finished painting the woodwork last night (doesn't everyone paint a room the week before Christmas?) The walls are a light beige, and the woodwork is "baby bear" brown. I think I'm as enamoured with the name as with the color.
Knitting has been going slowly (see the above "painting the week before Christmas"). However, here's a piece from Christmas present #2 pretending to be... I-cord garland.
Don't worry--I'm not going to make I-cord garland for the whole tree. That would be crazy.