Well, I must say I'm rather embarrassed... why? Because this morning I was reading Amy's lovely blog birthday post when I remembered that she and I started up our blogs at about the same time. So, I had to go and check to see when my blog birthday is, only to discover that buzzville's birthday is today! Very embarrassing... I purchased no presents, prepared no lovely thoughts, and schemed no fantastic surprises. I'm so sorry! My only thought is that this is pretty typical for buzzville - I seem to constantly be striving to catch up with everything, only to find that most things are long gone! But, that doesn't mean that the past year of blogging hasn't been fabulous. In fact, I'd say this little blog is one of the best things to happen to me in quite some time - wonderful new friends and contacts, a rewarding creative outlet, lots of inspiration and encouragement and camaraderie, a private spot just for me, and so much more. For all of that, I thank all of you. Of course, I could do this blogging alone, without all of you, but it has become so much more rewarding - and just plain fun - because I we're all doing this together! Maybe year 2 for buzzville will find me a bit more ahead of the curve, but I wouldn't count on it! What I know I *can* count on is all of you! Thanks!
In other news, I've finished up my 5th knitting project! (Yes, that means that the next one will be counted on a second set of fingers!) I made a ribbed scarf for my father-in-law from Noro Transitions. I knitted the scarf in a 4x4 rib on size 11 needles. I gave it a gentle wash after it was all finished up, and the yarn relaxed quite a bit and got super soft. The only negative effect of knitting this scarf is that I now realize how expensive knitting is - 3 hanks of Transitions makes for one very valuable scarf! Unfortunately, I don't have any great photos of it, but here's a nighttime shot modeled by my hubby:
So, I have a few questions for all of you seasoned knitters out there:
- what do you do when you run into a manufacturer's knot joining two pieces of yarn? Do you undo the knot and join as if you're joining a new ball? Do you just knit as if it's not there and hope it will be hidden in your stitches?
- it seems like buying yarn on the internet may well be the way to go in order to save some $$$. I normally like to support my local businesses, but I'm not sure my pocketbook can handle the local prices! Any thoughts/strategies?
- I'm starting another yarn class this weekend - a simple pullover - and I would love yarn recommendations. I love the textures, colors and feel of wool yarns, but it never really gets cold enough here to wear wool comfortably (I get too hot, and then the itching begins!). So, I should probably be looking for a chunky/bulky cotton - any favorites out there - especially in a variegated or marled yarn?
Thanks in advance for any help you can send my way!