Today I decided to take a bus rather than walk to my Pilates lesson. I had plenty of time, but walking tightens up my leg muscles and impedes my workout. And, honestly, I just didn't want to cope with the obstacle course that passes for sidewalks in downtown Seattle right now.
Some blocks are closed because of all the condo buildings going up. The developers all realized at the same time that Seattle has few condos downtown for a city of its size. I like the fact that there will be more residents in my neighborhood, and so more things geared toward residents, but the inconvenience is part of a larger mix.
Between me and my Pilates studio lies the path of the new Lake Union trolley car.
And the path of the new light rail line.
And the water and sewer lines that need replacement.
I occasionally come on a corner where all directions have closed crosswalks and sidewalks. Once this included the new curb cut ramps going in on the corner in front of the Police Station.
A couple of weeks ago I watched a traffic cop rescue a tourist who'd become stranded mid-street at a dead end in the sea of steel plates and cones.
The city must have placed a very large order of 'Sidewalk Closed' and "Crosswalk Closed' signs.
Anyway, riding the bus gave me a bit more knitting time. I came up with a lacey rib I liked for my Regia Silk sock.
I did get reminded that I can't switch from knit stitches to purl stitches between needles when knitting in the round without having a serious ladder. Going from purl to knit doesn't give me this problem. One issue is the greater looseness of my purl stitches. The other is the mechanics of pulling the stitches tight. It just doesn't work for me.
And I made more progress than I expected I would. Maybe these socks won't take the rest of the summer.