knitting: it's that time of year again, time to knit a red scarf for the red scarf project. this is my 7th year participating and i look forward to it every year. this year i'm making a twin rib scarf (rav link). it's my second time knitting this pattern for this project (the first was my very first scarf for the project back in 2007) and i have to say that i love this pattern because it is reversible, texture-y, and doesn't roll up even a little bit!
you can submit scarves until december 15th, so if you are itching to do some good, go make a red scarf!
reading: i have to admit that the main reason i wanted to be sure to post this week is that *again* my book coordinates with my knitting! ever since kate pointed this out i am both surprised and amused when it happens!
i'm currently reading against a dark background by iain m. banks. i have to say that i love iain m. banks and every book of his that i've read convinces me just that much more of what a complete genius this man was. dark background is no exception. he has a gift for developing complex characters and a literary style unparalleled in any science fiction i've ever read. there is so much derivative science fiction and fantasy writing out there, with empty archetypal characters thrown into fantastical yet typical settings, that finding someone of banks' caliber is truly something special.