A new year. New projects. New challenges. I began the second Malguri Morning shawl on the agenda in the same Loops & Threads Charisma but in the color “Northern Lights.” I’ve got enough yarn in that color to make a third shawl (for myself) in the same pattern. I like the blues/purple/black color combination. Not my favorite green, though. Those are my new US10(6.00 mm) 32-inch ChiaoGoo Red Lace needles I’m using to knit it, which I really like. I’ve got a US10 (6.00 mm) 40-inch pair of them which are supposed to be here by tomorrow evening. I think I will be gradually acquiring more of these needles in different sizes to replace my bamboo needles. I like the way the ChiaoGoo’s feel and the way they handle. The cord between the needles does not kink or !sproing! like the nylon cord does, even when it’s cold.
I made a very obvious mistake on the first Malguri Morning shawl owing to not paying attention to what was supposed to happen at the end of a row, didn’t catch it for about three inches and had to fix it. Ripping out and reknitting about 8 rows of what eventually ends up being fifteen or so stitches on one edge beats ripping out eight rows of the whole thing, but it’s tricky because of the increases that happen every other row with this pattern. But I got it fixed. I need to put some stitch markers on it at each end to mark the right side, as a visual cue to remind me what happens when. I put some on the one I just started and that has helped a great deal. This one is “resting” now while I work on the other one a while. The yarn on both these shawls is what is called “self striping” and I like the color combinations. The Loops & Threads Charisma yarn has such a soft, snuggly “hand.”
I had yarn left over from knitting DK’s Christmas cowl, one of which is a medium:4 weight Caron Simply Soft black yarn which I “double stranded” together with the Lion Brand Homespun “Shaker” which is a bulky:5 weight. I like the color combination — ecru, tan brown, and light grey, with the strand of solid black — and I like that the Caron yarn “fills in the chinks” in the Homespun yarn. I’m making a plain, simple “man cowl” (nothing but k1, p1 ribbing) for myself out of it. I’m going to try to get it finished tonight, because I’m going to need it in the morning as the forecast is for 1-2 inches of snow tomorrow afternoon. Naturally, I have to get out in it.
It seems that not only did I flunk my mammogram, I’ve flunked my ultrasound as well and they want to do a biopsy of the lymph nodes in my armpit. (Not borrowing trouble by worrying what this may reveal. The time to worry is when you have something to worry about.) I am assuming it will only be on the left side, but it’s at 10 o’clock tomorrow and I’m driving myself. I called to see what was going to be involved and I don’t have to be fasting or anything as it’s going to be under local anesthesia. Now that I have Beetil, who has an automatic transmission, driving one handed will not be a problem. I drive a block and a half up my street to a traffic lighted intersection, turn onto a “main drag,” which takes me all the way across town. I turn off that street at another traffic lighted intersection to the street which goes in front of the hospital. From there, it’s just a question of maneuvering through the parking lots and a short hike to the hospital itself. Pretty much a straight shot there and back.
I am going to have to make a stop on my way home to get a couple of boxes of Tazo Chai, as I have 80% of an open bottle of the crème brûlée flavor coffee creamer but only two bags of Tazo Chai left and no Earl Grey. I’ve got enough Irish Breakfast and English Breakfast tea to last til I buy groceries again, but I need to use up the coffee creamer as it has been opened. The grocery store is on the main drag and won’t be a problem getting in and out of. Once I get done at the hospital, get my tea and get back home, I’m not stirring outside until next week. Me and the fat(cat)boy are going to hunker down, wrap up and stay warm.
We’re in for a really cold spell during the next couple of days. As I mentioned, we’re expecting snow tomorrow, as much as 1-2 inches possible. Tonight’s low 13 F (-10.5 C) and tomorrow’s high is only going to be 23 F (-5 C), but they’re talking wind chill of 6 F (-14 C) so I need to check the pockets of my heavy coat for gloves. If there’s not a pair already there, I know where I have another pair. By Tuesday, though, it’ll be back up in the 70’s F (21+ C) for daytime highs and not get below freezing at night all the rest of the week. Only thing on the calendar for next week is knitting group Tuesday night. I’ll see how I feel.
I’ve gotten the wash out of the dryer and have hung up what needs to be hung before it wrinkles. Now I’ve got to take my shower and wash my hair. Then I’ll strip my bed and start a load of sheets, towels and the clothes I’m wearing. Then when the second load of laundry is done, I’ll make my bed with clean sheets, and I’ll have my laundry all done. It’ll take my hair hours to dry, and I can sit and knit while that’s happening.
I slept most of the day (I try to fight my body’s natural tendency toward keeping a “night owl” schedule, but it’s an uphill fight.), so the night is still young. I’ve noticed I don’t wake up so often during sleep now that I have that new “side-sleeper” pillow — I’ve gone from waking up every couple of hours to sleeping five and six hours at a stretch before I surface to snorkel, drowse, decide if I need to get up or not, see how close it is to 9 a.m. and decide if there’s enough time to resubmerge into sleep or whether I’ll just lie there and read for a while till the alarm goes off.
Anticipating I won’t get much done tomorrow once I get home. I may read, or watch some TV, or I may just crash out and try to sleep. Don’t know that I’ll get much knitting done. We’ll see.