With the help of Franklin and a new aquaintance, Jonathon, I have made significant strides towards establishing Stitches in Britches -- a new men's knitting group here in the Chicago area.
We have a Yahoo group site, Stitches in Britches, and we have arranged meetings on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6:30 to 9;30 p.m. at the Borders Cafe at 150 N. State Street.
I am 20% finished with the cream asymetrical wrap I am knitting for the Akiba auction. Yesterday I purchased a rotor cutter and mat so I could start my next project. I have about 8 yards of a purple knit fabric I used a couple of times to cover tables, but am not using currently. So I am cutting the fabric into approximately 1/2 inch strips, tying the strips together, and balling the resulting "yarn". When I have it all balled, I plan to knit a throw rug for our bedroom. I haven't swatched it yet, but I'm trying to conceptualize the results on a large needle vs. an extra-large needle. I think for a rag rug I'd like it to be a little tight. But it will all become clear in the swatching.
Today we are off to Devon to go shopping in the Indian markets -- one of our favorite outings and one of the reasons I could never live in a small town again. I love the diversity of experiences available. I'll try to remember to take pictures.