Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eerie, Pennsylvania

Some of you may be aware of the fact that the G-20 Summit is going on right now here in Pittsburgh. The Mister and I are both lucky enough not to work downtown, where most of the excitement is, but the city does have a weird sense of shut down about it. He drove me in to work this morning, but things seemed okay this afternoon, so I walked home as usual. It was a truly surreal experience. There was very little traffic but there were several news helicopters hovering over my neighborhood, and a small group of protesters (perhaps broken off from the main event) crossed my path when I was about halfway home.

At times like these, it's always helpful to have some knitting with me, especially some fairly mindless knitting that can be really soothing. My current sock certainly fits the bill.

This would be the first of the Mister's family socks. The Malabrigo sock is a lot thinner than I'd remembered, so I've gone down to a size 0 (2 mm) needle for the heel, gusset, and foot. I'm maintaining the 2x2 rib on the instep, but other than that, it's just a plain sock. The decreased needle size combined with the Mister's big feet make for a rather time-consuming sock, but that's pretty much why I started with his. After finishing these, my socks and Rainbow's socks will be a breeze!

Speaking of mindless knitting, I am finally on the last stripe of my brother's scarf. I'm going to knit as fast as I can this evening to get as much done as I can, and I'm pretty confident in saying that it will be done by this weekend. Expect to see it complete in the next post (and please hold me to that promise!).


  1. WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!! i work six blocks from the white house and on the same block as a hospital. the poor officer who got shot at the holocuast museum? he came to gw. sirens can either be 1-an emergency at gw hospital 2-ordinary cops going somewhere or 3-a motorcade of some sort.

    simplistic socks FOR THE WIN!!!

  2. I field tripped up to Allison Park today. The T parking lot in Castle Shannon was Sunday-empty. Traffic was nonexistent. It was weird. Fortunately, I was home before the "protesters" started their idiocy. I have no time or respect for people who want to exercise their first amendment rights while covering their faces. That's the same as s***-storming a website with anonymous nasty posts.

    Sorry. Rant over. Nice sock! :-) (Verification "word" is budappou. Doesn't that sound like it should be a G20 nation?)

  3. Glad that you're not seeing too much crazy out your way. I was just saying this morning that this is probably the best day to drive somewhere, other than downtown.

  4. Dude socks on 0s?!? Oof. Strength be with you!