Putting aside the serious problems that many New Yorkers must be encountering this morning, what would Subway Knitter do during a transit strike?
According to the label on my Artful Yarns Legend, this is a bulky-weight yarn. I don't buy it. Look, here is the Legend next to my old standby, Cascade 220.
I don't see how it's going to knit at 3 to 3.5 stitches per inch with a US 8 to 10 without looking very lacy. Cascade knits 5 stitches per inch on a US 7. Remember, I'm using the yarn to knit a hat. While lacy hats might be fine for some, I can already tell that I'm going to have little patience for the cold this winter.
There's only one solution: swatching.
Research update: I am knee-deep in researching hosting companies, software, and domain registrars. A few of you (and I won't out you here to avoid your being deluged by other curious bloggers) have been very generous in sharing your opinions, experiences, and knowledge about this stuff. I think that I'll do just as much work to find my virtual home as I did to find my real one (i.e. my mortgage), and I suspect that I will find numerous solutions, each equally good. Personal preference will probably make the final call for me.
After receiving a few leads from other bloggers, I began to contact hosting services. It seems as if people are passionate about their hosting companies. This is good news, it means that there are quite a few good options from which to choose.
I developed a list of questions based on my blog's needs, my knowledge level, and the amount of time and energy which I can commit to this project. I have emailed the sales departments of a few hosting providers.
Software: there appear to be three major blogging software applications. Movable Type, WordPress, and Textpattern. Again, each has its pros and cons. For a good review and comparison of each, go here (thanks S, for that link). MT seems to come with options for a lot of outside support. That's perfect for where I am right now. Then there is the whole closed-source/open-source thing with these applications, which I don't understand well enough to be able to explain here. And, from a strictly personal standpoint, I like the MT blog format. But, that's just me.