Monday, January 11, 2010

When Only Wool Will Do

It's my second blog anniversary. My how time flies. I'm truly appreciative of everyone who follows and comments. I'm even appreciative of those who lurk around but may be too shy or too busy to venture forth into commenting. Really. Feel free...I don't bite. The only people who get their comments deleted are those who spam me, or those who link their less than desirable sites (I swear, I don't need a Russian mail order bride, so would you please quit trying to sell me one?).

Borrowing from the Hobbits, I've begun a tradition here of giving away a gift when I'm the one celebrating. Last year, it was Brenda who won my Clapotis shawl. To hear her tell, she loves it and so does her grandchild.

A contemporary gift for a second anniversary is china and while I like china well enough, I don't make any. A more traditional gift is cotton, but I don't work with the stuff. Once I knit a baby sweater for a friend entirely out of Blue Sky Alpaca's Cotton. It was beautiful, and I hear little Ethan has been wearing that sweater, but I didn't enjoy knitting this. Cotton is hard on the hands, or at least it is on mine. No, I work almost exclusively with wool. Good wool. Soft wool. Once in awhile, I stray into silk or bamboo, and once, camel, but for the most part, it's wool that I like. I had great fun knitting my blog giveaway mittens and especially because I used one of my favorite wools: Manos del Uruguay. This is a special product from start to finish and I feel good when I buy this yarn. Click on the link to find out why.

There could only be one winner of these mitts and I can't think of a person who unexpectedly needs these more right now, but I didn't pick her. The random number generator site did.

Gail, It's freezing down in your neck of the woods, isn't it? I bet you're totally unprepared for weather like this. I'm pleased that when you make the rounds on your farm, your hands will be toasty in these mitts. Please, send me your address again. Even though I just snail-mailed you a thank you note, you'd be wrong if you thought I filed your address in a safe place! Good thing I don't work for the postal service.;-)

Congratulations! I hope they help to keep you warm.

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments and for entering my giveaway.


17 comments:

willowtree said...

Happy Blogiversary!!!!!

Stephanie V said...

Congratulations, Gail! And Happy 2nd to you, Rydee. What a lovely way to celebrate.

Miss 376 said...

Looking forward to your next year of blogging

Ruth said...

Thank you for sharing your life and thoughts with us all. Lookng ofrwad to the coming BLOGS .
Glad someone who is where its is cold won the mittens - I hope all the cold people are able to keep warm.Seems to be very cold in many parats of the US. Today a lot of Australia is exceptionaly HOT thankfully here in Perth it is a lovely day - but will be hot over 100F by the weekend.

SkippyMom said...

YAY! For Gail - Happy Blogversary - I miss Christmas so much I was thinking about having one give a way a month just for fun. I love wrapping presents :) and mailing them.

Glad I found your blog and can't wait for your third year.

Gail said...

I am so lucky! I fell in love with those mittens when I first saw them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Congratulations on your second Anniversary...times flies when you're haveing fun!

Devon said...

Happy Two Year! Keep it up.. I love reading your blog!

Jadekitty said...

I am so happy that you blog! Happy Blog Anniversary :)

Brenda said...

Happy Anniversary to you Rudee! I look forward to reading your posts, and have for the past 2 years. Congrats to Gail for winning those beautiful mittens. I visited her blog and she looks like one very busy lady. I love reading about anyone living on a farm, so I hope to make more visits to her.
I bookmarked the site you refereenced as to where you got the yarn. Great story of how they create...(is that the right word?!?!) and market their yarn. I didn't see where you could purchase it though. Do you just email them? Maybe I missed it.
Yes....I wonder also why some people who read blogs, but never comment. I can understand it when they have googled a word and landed on your site at random, but when they continue to come back and don't comment....don't get that.
Have a great day Rudee!

laurie said...

yay to gail! what a treat those mittens will be.

Rositta said...

Happy Blogversary to you Rudee, I like reading and watching you create. To the winner of the mittens, congratulations. I'm certain they will come in very handy...ciao

Linda said...

Happy 2nd Anniversary! Such welcoming and insightful posts, been hooked since visits(lurking) began. And while I'm at it, thank God for caring nurses.

Rudee said...

Brenda, you can purchase Manos either at your local yarn store, or online at sites like Jimmy Beans (my fave). http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/

Though Manos Wool Clasica is a tad pricey, I knit one hat, one cowl and a pair of mittens from 2 skeins. I still have some leftover. Enough for another pair of mitts, I think. Because it's bulky, it knits up super fast.

bettyjf1 said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! I'll celebrate too! I must have found you then shortly after I started blogging.. My 2 year comes up in a few weeks.. Ah memory - can't remember the date anymore.
Anyway - I've loved getting to know you. I'm glad I know you

Miss T said...

Happy Blogiversary! I'm looking forward to more.

Jane said...

Happy anniversary, Rudee! Keep on bloggin'!

Finding Pam said...

I hope I am not too late to wish you a Happy Blogaversary.