Last weekend the weather turned bright and warm, so I got out for lots of walking. Sunday we rambled around the city for four hours. People in Volunteer Park all seemed to be passing through, like we were, except for the Pug-owners group gathering for walkies in funny get ups. The dogs were the ones in funny get ups, mostly. In Cal Anderson Park People were knitting, practicing putting, carving pumpkins, playing soccer, and taking a class in whip cracking. The black leather chaps didn't seem to be mandatory for the class, but shirts appeared to be prohibited unless you were female (one student) or had a beer belly (also just one student). Oddly, the basketball court was empty.
Besides the weekend walks, I walked across downtown to a Pilates lesson twice. I'm about to a point where I feel unkinked and back to my old form - just in time to leave for a month and a half for the holidays. I do not plan to do any packing and moving on this trip.
I have been better about taking real stretch breaks from the knitting, which makes a huge difference. I'm also working on breaking the cats of the habit of sleeping on me all night since my hips have started to complain. We made a good start, but you know how trying to heard cats in a new direction goes.
I dug out my Jaeger Biscuit cardigan and found a) I started this about a year ago, much longer than I thought but not surprising if I consider that I finished another cardigan during the time I worked on this and then put it down at the first of the year when life as I knew it went on hiatus and b) I had 10 rows left on sleeve two, button bands, one of which I'd picked up for, seams, neck band and buttons left to do. That's it. I've finished the sleeve and the button bands and am trying to decide if I need to wet block this heavily before I seam or if it will just roll back up in tubes as soon as I unpin it. The seed stitch trim helps, but it still wants to curl up at this point. I'm sure I'll be good and block it before I seam and then just block lightly after it's done. That may delay completion, though.
I finished my gray tweed socks. Wore them around the house last night. They did stretch a bit with wearing. And the cuffs want to telescope down over the tighter ankles, but I made them long enough that that's not much of an issue. I probably will use this rib stitch again, but carry it down the top of the foot. Photos tomorrow.
Besides the routine stuff, I cleaned out and recycled the stuff in the magazine basket and the catalog basket and the mail-I'm-ignoring basket. Then I moved the furniture in the livingroom that the house cleaners don't and vacuumed the area rug. Then the Spousal unit emptied the central vac canister. That kind of counteracted the lemonade etching on the stone floor incident.
This week started off promising. I swatch for my NaKniSweMo sweater but it hadn't dried enough last night so I put off figuring out my stitches, etc for my Unpattern until today. However, I got awakened early this morning by a call from my mom. Our house in California, where she lives and where we've had ongoing landscaping, garage-building, and other construction happening, got a huge downpour last night. This morning the neighbor found that the utility box for the phone lines had filled with water that then ran through the conduit and into the lower level of his giant house. He thinks it's our changes. We think it's that he, the developer, put the phone box in lower than the giant drain that's in the middle of the most natural direction for the water to flow. Our insurance adjusters get to discuss it tomorrow. My mom has gotten beyond the crisis and into the seeing humor in it stage.
So, the upshot is limited knitting photos and no pattern numbers figured. I promise you more socks tomorrow.