Well, Iâ€™ve bent my New Yearâ€™s resolution a bit, but the spirit is quite intact. Â I started weaving with the Prism La Boheme (colorway Abalone) yarn, but realized very quickly that I wasnâ€™t going to have enough yarn to complete the shawl. Â Rather than waste three skeins of La Boheme plus the lovely silk warp I spent all that time dyeing, I ran out and bought two more skeins of the La Boheme. Â Doh!Â Thatâ€™s a no-brainer.
Iâ€™m pleased with the La Boheme shawl so far. Â I started weaving it in plainweave, but it really didnâ€™t look very good â€“ booooring is the best description. Â Then I tried alternating it with stripes of a lovely blue/purple ribbon yarn that I just bought at Webs, but that looked a bit garish. Â Finally I reverted to using my previous tie-up from one of the scarves, and that worked beautifully. Â It has five-thread floats, which shows off the shine of the rayon boucle, and the mohair adds some fluff. Â Whether itâ€™s the best possible use of five skeins of La Boheme Iâ€™m not sure (it might well look prettier knitted), but itâ€™s what Iâ€™m doing with five skeins of La Boheme.Â It looks nice.Â Once Iâ€™m done Iâ€™ll take a photo â€“ shouldnâ€™t take more than a day or two as the weaving goes very quickly once the loom is threaded.
Iâ€™ve decided what to do for my new travel shawl. Â It will be an entrelac lace shawl in a myriad of patterns (no two squares alike), done in a fine silk or a fine cashmere yarn. Â At the moment Iâ€™ve got it down to four possible yarns: a 1/14 cashmere, a 2/18 silk/wool yarn, a 2/12 silk, and a 2/28 silk. Â Iâ€™m swatching them on various needles to see which I like best. Â Iâ€™m guessing it will be the 2/28 silk or the 2/18 silk/wool yarn.
The root canal didnâ€™t happen yesterday â€“ the dentist couldnâ€™t tell which of two teeth it was, so sent me home with a prescription for antibiotics. Â Apparently after a few days on antibiotics, itâ€™s often clearer which of multiple teeth is causing an acheâ€¦so Iâ€™ll take it for a couple days and see what happens. Â I sincerely hope we can resolve this before I go to Ghana.
Iâ€™ve made reservations at Chez Panisse (the legendary restaurant in Berkeley) for me and Mike on the 24th, to celebrate our 1-year anniversary. Â (Actually our 1-year anniversary is on the 28th, but as Iâ€™ll be in Ghana at the time, weâ€™re celebrating early.) Â Itâ€™s been a great year â€“ we love each other very much. Â Weâ€™re discussing finding a place together, once my lease runs out (March-April timeframe). Â Probably a big 2-bedroom or a small 3-bedroom apartment, not sure where in the city yet.
I have opened three more savings accounts at eTrade and, as soon as the various transactions go through and I can hook them up to my main account view, will start doing automatic deductions to save up for various big expenses (car insurance, foreign travel, personal training, etc.). Â Credit Mike with inspiring me â€“ Iâ€™ve never been this organized about my finances before.