I hope you are having a lovely holiday! I am definitely enjoying sleeping, knitting, running, and studying for quals (okay, I am not enjoying the studying so much).
I am enjoying the knitting though! I finished a Christmas stocking, a scarf, and I am making headway on Birch. I can sure get a lot of knitting done when I am not seeing therapy patients, bing in meetings, doing lab work, and running from one of the aforementioned activities to the next.
Anyway, I am very excited about Birch. I bought the yarn (Rowan Kidsilk Haze, btw, it totally deserves its drug-related nickname) and the pattern years ago. They have been simmering in yarn and pattern stash for a good long while. I decided before coming home for the holidays that this was the time to try the pattern. It is going very well so far. I had a few misteps along the way, but I think they have all been corrected. I only work on Birch when I can have total concentration (which definitely helps with limiting the number of human errors). Now I have only 25 pattern repeats to go and less than 200 rows. Each row goes faster and faster, since I keep becoming more comfortable with the pattern and because there are fewer stitches with every other row. Unlike other shawls I have started to knit, I think I may actually finish this one.
I know that you want pictures, sadly I brought my camera but no cord to connect it to my laptop. I will have pictures for you at the end of the week.