Do I or don’t I? That is hand wash my socks. and the reason is that depending on which story you believe in the local paper, my town‘s water shed was contaminated by a manure spill late last week. The initial story as to what happened differs greatly from what is in today’s paper. The story keeps changing day to day as to what happened. But it put it in simple terms, the water is safe right now for bathing and washing cloths but it is not safe for drinking or cooking.
A pipe line is being installed by the county to hook us up to water from the City of Frederick. The line should be finished today but the pipes all need to be flushed out afterwards before we will have safe water. Right now, you have to boil water or use bottled water. I have boiled some water but am using bottled water for drinking and cooking. It is a pain in the rear when it is time to brush your teeth though to remember that the water is not potable.
You can tell by the smell of the water that extra chemicals such as chlorine are being added to the water. And some of the minerals that are normally filtered out of the water are not being filtered out right now. We have really hard water to start with so there is plenty of lime in the water.
My house gets it water straight from the main water pipe running through town. So I can tell when there are problems with the water before my parents would notice them. Late Sunday, we almost ran out of water in the town system. The county has been bringing in water tankers to the treatment plant to help flush out the system. And the smell of the chemicals is really strong right now in the water.
And the problem is that I am out of clean hand knit socks to wear. But I am leery of hand washing them in this water with the extra chemicals in it right now. Almost every single pair of hand knit socks that I own are made from hand dyed yarns.
And there is actual knitting going on. The other three who were at knit group Saturday actually saw me knitting. My Clapotis 4.1 is almost ready for the decrease rows. I have one more straight repeat left to go. And I actually did start a new pair of socks using the new yarn from the Semi-Solid Club from Zen Yarn Garden. And surprise, surprise!!! I am doing it top down and on dpns!!! Photos shortly. I want to get a little bit more of the leg finished first.