I've got cardinal CashWool burning a hole in my stash, and the perfect red 8/0 beads...and I was already on the needle and cruising along on Hanami when I found out about you guys. I'm also MS3-ing with many of you, though I am a dedicated lurker there.
Unfortunately, I have absolutely no connection or association with cherry blossoms. On the other hand, that means I have no compunction about using whatever color I want!
It's probably for the best that I will be a bit ahead of the rest of you when you start, because I am absolutely not a project monogomist. In fact, if I were any more of a project polygamist, I'd probably have to leave my home state of Mississippi for Utah - every nook and cranny in my house is either yarn or project or both. I will do my darnedest to keep up with you all, though!
I've seen that we have at least one other knitter from Mississippi - hi, Chanda - but I don't know from where. I live in Biloxi, on the Gulf Coast and at the southernmost tip of the state. We lost our LYS in Hurricane Katrina, and it has not been replaced. The next nearest (besides the giant useless craft, hobby, and superstores) are in Mobile, AL, or New Orleans, LA - each an hour away, so I've given up supporting the local and begun buying online. We did have a small knitter's group in a local coffee shop for a while, until there were only two of us left . . . so now we meet on my couch every Thursday. Sometimes we are three. We have simple dinners and wine and whine... and laugh and watch movies and knit. Often in that order.
Anyone else want to join us? I look forward to getting to know you all and seeing your work progress. Pointed sticks at the ready? Knit!