Just showing off my other hand made gift of the season. I actually made 2 blankets this year as Christmas gifts, but I forgot to photograph the first blanket. This particular blanket is special because it's probably the most intricate blanket I've made yet. It took me about 2 1/2 months to complete it, working at it about 1 to 2 hours a day. It used a J-Hook, not too small, but small enough that it was time consuming as there were lots of popcorn groups. As I worked on it, the blanket grew in such small increments that sometimes it was quite discouraging as the "deadline" approached. Towards the end, I did actually have to scramble and spend at least 2 whole days completely dedicated to it. I finally completed it the day of our Christmas gathering!!! I actually felt such a load off my shoulders when the blanket was completed. I even had time to wash and dry it!!!