Here, I'll do a tiny update on what I'm knitting right now!
I started a sweater for myself out of Madeline Tosh DK. I'm using Cecily Glowik MacDonald's Goodale pattern. Which is nice - although I only bought four skeins (about 900 yards) and I'm doing the 49ish inch version - so it's probably going to be quite short. Oh well. I love the yarn so much I almost threw up when I saw it.
Also, here is the darkest/least attractive photo of it that I possibly could have taken. You're welcome.
It's a top-down pattern - which I appreciate quite a bit. I'm not especially fond of the weird knit-in-pieces methods. Or the bottom up ones. I like to try my stuff on while I'm making it. It makes it an interactive process - maybe one day I'll post all the photos I took of Cody wearing his Berroco Vintage sweater in various stages of knitted. (Maybe I'll do that right now actually...They are also all crappy iphone photos - so there.)
I had to step down a WHOLE needle size. From the recommended 4.5mm to 3.5mm Three gauge swatches later I was pretty pissed. I hate swatching. I can only hope that this thing turns out better than the last sweater I tried to knit myself... I might post photos of that mess later too... as a warning for those arrogant non-swatchers.
Anyway, I'm back to posting! Christmas didn't kill me this year!