Sorry about that! The "Attic" has been dark while I a) wash and dye and card and blend my Romney fleece for the Twisted Knitters project that I've been working on and, b) knit madly on a sweater for ME before this trip to Iceland right after Thanksgiving. In the first instance, the bad news is I had to dye more red and it didn't come out even remotely similar to the first, really cool batch. However, I think it will blend and, well, I don't care. I've also just finished washing that very last batch of the Romney which is now drying in the, what?, Spinnerella's Basement?! Anyhoo. I have about half a pound of fiber already blended and carded, but I'm rethinking it and, rather than using more gray, I may just card the remaining red, yellow and blue dyed locks and recard what is already done to be more colorful. The jury is still out. In the second instance, I waver back and forth between loving the "top down raglan" method and having issues, but I am thrilled at how quickly it's going (aran weight yarn will do that!) and how well it's fitting. It is very close to the fit of an old, heavy, cotton turtleneck sweater I got at Talbots years ago but still love. I'm on the homestretch now: about to knit the ribbed cuff on the first sleeve. It should be wearable by the weekend. TWO WEEKS, people, and I used a boatload of stash yarn, to boot! Damn, why did they ever discontinue that Rowan Magpie Tweed?! Great yarn, sob.
Now, here is what I'm working on, blogwise. Last year, Margene made what I thought was a brilliant suggestion, namely that everyone do one smallish project a month to be put aside for holiday gift-giving. I kind of thought it would turn into a Knit Along, but that never materialized, so I'm thinking of doing something along those lines, starting early in January. The details are beginning to jell, and I don't quite have the organizational aspects figured out, but I envision something along the lines of Twisted Knitters, or the Trek With Me blog. A blog would be set up on Typepad that would allow invited authors to post their project details along with photos. There would be links and ideas and books, and, well, you know the drill. The actual requirement would be simple: do one fiber-related project a month, be it as small as a "warshrag" or way bigger, but it has to be something that gets put aside (maybe even wrapped?) for Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate in December of 2007. And, it doesn't have to be knitted, either. I'm thinking that crocheters are often left out or these things, and hey, how about a few weavers in the mix, too?! Let's see a few inkle loom dog leashes, for example. Here's what I'd like to do (and, yes, this is a shameless attempt at bumping up my comments!) before getting too deeply into this: take an informal poll of the interest. Leave a comment (heh!), pass the word along, and we'll see where this takes us. If there seems to be enough interest, I will set up the blog in December and open up for invitations. Stay tuned!