Well, the sweater is going a lot easier than I thought. I have become a man possessed. I am knitting whenever I get free second.Coffee shops, work, home, etc. In 3-4 days I finished the front and I am about 3/4 done with the back. I am by nature, not a fast knitter, but I am methodical.
I will post some pics later. Now I must knit!
Also, some of you showed interest in the "knitting culture" of Japan. Long story short.... Japan is even more chauvenistic than you could possibly guess. I think the woman at the yarn store almost had a heart attack when I walked in. Men do men things and women do women things here (for the most part) and I guess they think knitting is a woman's thing.
The best yarn store I have seen is Okadaya near the JR Shinjuku Station. It is great. They have just about everything you could ever need. The only problem is that it is twice the price of the yarn in America. I am not sure, but the average skein at my store in Seattle is about 125yard (114 meters) length (for chunky weight) and I can get a nice blend for $8-10. Here it is about $7-$10 (800-1200 yen) for a 50 meter skein.
Well, I will stop blabbing.... I will keep you posted. Thanks again