I haven’t updated in the past week, because there hasn’t been any knitting to show until now. On my list of Ways My Concert-Going Experience Might Go Wrong, I hadn’t accounted for dehydration and toe cramps. The DH was a big help in keeping me upright and bringing bottle after bottle of cold water, and I started feeling better just in time for the band I was there to see. It was much less crowded than I’d been led to expect… maybe because the heat scared people off, or maybe because Austin actually enforces the fire codes. Was glad to hear The Cab in person, and glad I went.
The rest of last week’s knitting time went into Audacity, and though I haven’t figured out how to clean up the recording I made at the club, I did learn how to make ringtones. So I lost a couple days to that, but now whenever my Mom calls I get to listen to Sh-Boom. =)
Just when I was getting ready to get back into knitting, our downstairs air conditioner broke. Since we also have an upstairs AC we weren’t in any danger, but 85F is too hot to sit on an upholstered couch in a room with no ceiling fan and play with yarn. $350 later, we have a maintenance contract and some critical piece of electronics no longer has dead ant carcasses in it, gumming up the works.
So now I’ve finally finished one Circle Sock:
I modded the top of the sock to continue the pattern:
I usually wear hand-knit socks with the SAS equivalent of Birkenstocks, so extra cushiness isn’t a problem. I LOVE the whirlpool toe that Anne Campbell uses on her socks. It’s a mystery how I can wear toe-ups (done with Judy’s Magic Cast-On, increases every other row) with no problems, but an identical toe worked top down and Kitchenered together never fits right. Learning the whirlpool toe means I don’t have to avoid cuff-down patterns anymore — my problem with them was never with gusset pickups, just bad toes.
I’m going to motor along on the second sock, so I can at least be sure of getting one pair done by the end of the month and submitted to the SKA challenge. I’d still really like to complete the windowpane socks that I’m designing myself, but I have 20 days left in the month, and 3 socks to complete. Not to mention that I have no idea what’s going to happen with that sock pattern when I get to the heel, because I haven’t written it yet.