I joined a lot of groups this year - I've been a long-standing member of Spunky Eclectic Fiber club, and now I've added Zen Yarn Garden Harmony semi-solid sock yarn club , A Change of Seasons lace subscription through Wooly Wonka Fibers , and A Year of Lace 2008 through MakeOne Studio in Canada. Fortunately, the lace ones are a quarterly mailing, so there is hope I will actually keep up. This year, with the advent of "reading" books on my Nano (I love this little device!!!), I multi-task by "reading" books while I knit and spin. There isn't a spouse here, and my kids are old enough they go off to the TV room, or computer loft and don't speak much to me these days. So, the Nano and the needles/wheels are my companions with dogs surrounding me. All the dogs seem to be at my feet these days - I am guessing I am quieter than the kids' TV and DVD programs are, so they seek me out, with or without the treats and belly rubs.
The first mailing for A Change of Seasons is MimKnits' Zephyros shawl in a wool lace weight in dark green. I frogged the very beginning a couple of times the first weekend, but since then, it has been going well. I am now at the transition to a new set of charts, so I took a bit of a break to knit another pair of socks. Soon, I'll be back into this one - I find with lace I don't do well setting it aside for very long, so I am better off forging ahead immediately on it.
With fuel oil prices climbing, I seriously turned down the thermostats in the house this year, so wool socks, and wool garments have been welcome and necessary here.