Yes, I am alive and there is knitting going on. The Kermit socks are done. And I hope they will not bleed anymore. There is progress on my Hogwarts Socks and my Sockapoolza 4 socks. But no photos.
Instead, I am letting my legs recover still. I had a practical evolution for one of my classes on Sunday. And this was after a very physical day Saturday with garage sales, walking all over town with a 4 year old and a 1 year old, and birthday party with about 25 3 and 4 year olds. So my legs hurt.
My town always has town day the third Saturday of May. This is a day for everyone to have garage sales and the churches to have their festivals and the town pays for all of the advertising. I had quite a few books and a few other items to sell. My fire chief’s mother was having a garage sale and she invited me to join her. So it was my chief’s grandmother, his mother, his wife, his sister-in-lay, and I with all of our stuff in front of his dad’s shop. I had quite a few paper books and I was letting his daughters have the money from them. I went with his daughters and grandmother walking all over town so that the girls could go shopping. (Okay, the 4 year old went shopping. The one year old was along for the ride.) We stopped at the church festivals and played games and ate lunch before heading back. I had a fire prevention/birthday party at the station at 2 pm for 25 kids so I left early. (The chief’s little girls made more money than I did from the sale of the books but that is okay. The books are out of my house now and they have more money in their savings accounts.)
The birthday part was a success. But I learned a valuable lesson to limit the number of children to under 15. At least there were probably around 45 adults. But everyone had fun and I was able to impress a chief from another county with our equipment and how I run the parties.
Sunday morning, my Engine Company Operations class had a practical session. Bright and early on Sunday is not always a fire fighter’s favorite time. Especially if you have been celebrating the night before as one of the class members had been. Yes, in true fire fighter fashion, he was picked on and had the hard stuff to do first. There is no mercy for those who are hung over.
We had to set up for drafting, set up a master stream device, and hook to a hydrant first. (That is my group did that first.) We than switched over to throwing ladders and advancing hose up a ladder. That is what killed my legs. When we are operating off a ground ladder, we are supposed to use what is known as a leg lock to keep us from falling off the ladder. Basically, you put one leg in between the rungs and the foot wraps the lower rung. It is actually quite easy if you have small feet. (One advantage to being a female with small feet.) But it is hard on your legs. And the photo in the link does not really show it very well since we are doing them in full turnout gear and higher up on the ladder. For me, it kills my leg where it rests against the ladder rung. But that is because this is a skill that we do not use as much as we should. (For photos from Sunday, check out my fire company web album.)
On to the sock knitting. Kermit is done. I washed them but the water was a pale green. I dried them and washed them again. And still a light green in the water. I repeated the process several times over the weekend. The last time though I finished the rinse with a very healthy dose of white vinegar. Now that they are dry, they smell of vinegar and I am debating washing them once more t help tone the smell and make sure that the excess dye is out of the socks. The color hasn’t changed so I am not too worried about that issue. Photos will be taken tomorrow before the socks are mailed off. I really think I will wash them one last time at lunch time.
I have started my Hogwarts Socks and they are coming along nicely. I like the way the color is changing and the colors. I am past the heel on my Sockapoolza socks. I am knitting both socks at the same time So that they will be the same. Photos will be taken soon.
And so this will not be a picture less post, here are some photos from the garden. I planted beans and carrots in both pots and an old flower bed. I have carrots coming up in the pot and beans in the flower bed. Hopefully, they will all come up. I love fresh carrots and green beans. Plus, I try to give vegetables to some of the older people in town who love to garden but can no longer plant vegetables for a variety of reasons. I really do need to pick up two more tomato plants this weekend and pick up some more seeds for lettuce and maybe some spinach or lettuce. Spinach since I love it.
Edited to add: I washed Kermits again at lunch and this time no green tint to the water. So they will be dry by tomorrow morning and ready to fly away to their new home.