Okay so ya’ll saw the yarn porn I had last time, well my first malabrigo had to be something special… this I knew (the way you know things inherently in the back of your mind). I have two skeins, two gorgeous skeins of glee, and I calculated the yardage around 950, I wanted to err on the side of caution and go with a stole to maximize yarn useage without having oodles of waste, I also knew I wanted it to be beaded (one of my many to do’s for my 101 in 1001). Patterns were elluding me left right and center, the ones that started whispering to me turned out to be either no longer available or required too much yardage.
And that my friends is when I found this: http://afewstitchesshort.blogspot.com/2008/11/sherwood.html
The perfect shawl for the greeny brown goodness of the Mariposa colorway. Now I just needed beads. Beads, not something I normally require, so I ventured to the Golden Mile where there’s a store called Bead Plus, because well lets face it, I’d rather give an indie store my money than a chain store, and I was going to need help. I found the size I wanted and then promptly started wondering how many beads could be contained in the canister. I went to the cash register where the woman working was doing her thing (beading of course) and asked if she knew an approximation of how many beads there were per vial, and she hadn’t a clue. The reason I’m telling this story is because this is a story of good customer service (something I generally dont recieve unless in a music/movie/comic book store). She had no idea how many beads there were per vial and I had about 4 or 5 vials (I estimated a very very low 200 beads per vial) and she wasn’t having that, she said there was probably five hundred, and rather than let me purchase waay too many beads (because I would have without blinking) she took out a cloth and a counting stick and emptied half the vial on the table and started counting them out. There was a good two hundred + in half a vial so I went with three vials to be safe (a couple hundred over but I’m clumsy and seed beads are small).
In other news the shawl plods on, I have Sections C, D, and E left, which sounds like a lot but really isnt that bad.
I’m predicting finishing my first Ishbel sometime this weekend. Which I am taking off from university to celebrate HAVING MY REB APPLICATION EDITS APPROVED. *ahem* Okay that was a bit loud but it was a grueling experiance that I will not want to be repeating for a very long time. Approval means I can (as soon as I get the offical letter) start my person to person research. It may have taken the greater part of spring/summer to get done, but it’s done.
Today/tonight’s big plans are cleaning as Alisha and DJ are coming over to watch movies tomorrow. Mallrats and Fanboys, classic geeky fodder, there will probably be knitting and gaming as well, because thats how we roll in Sadie-ville. The wheel might be coming back out, I think theres been enough time since the Tour de Fleece that I can spin again without it feeling like a chore. Next week is going to be taking care of classes (one more to get registered for) and seeing if TA positions are up for grabs.