I got some cotton-candy-colored acrylic yarn today...it's supposed to be good for people with sensitivity to wool. I've learned to cast on with some proficiency (that's basically the beginning of a scarf), although knitting itself is harder. I kept dropping stitches (a phrase I never really understood before) but it becomes clear when all your yarn slides off the needle!
Also, knitting is a workout. I taught a yoga class today, but knitting is definitely harder on your shoulders. Maybe I will develop new "knitting muscles."
I'm a little irritated by the concept of holidays. I don't think you should be forced to celebrate anything. Or maybe I'm just becoming Scrooge-like in my dotage.
Anyway, here's a picture of where I'll start tomorrow: