I somehow managed keep my head high as I put my stuff into a locker and make my blinded way to the pool. Thankfully there was a set of actual stairs set up (I'm not sure how I would do on a ladder just yet) and an empty lane right next to it. I swam 4.75 laps and walked 1.25 laps for a total of six glorious turns across the pool. The older gentleman swimming next to me was very nice and made a little conversation every time I had to stop and remember how to breathe again. After catching my breath and letting my heart rate settle back down, I showered, dressed, and came home to take an unexpected three-hour nap, forcing me to miss yet another knit night...
The Husboy and I have decided that swimming is a good habit for me to get into (and the doctors agree), so I will be going to the pool twice a week to improve my strength and the range of motion in my arm. The Husboy said that, with my still mostly bald head, I am probably very hydro-dynamic. I think my having the physique of a manatee may have something to do with it as well, but who wants to start an argument?
Speaking of dynamic, I stopped at my LYS on Tuesday and picked up my first set of Addi Turbos. Despite everyone dancing at the altar of the Addi's and extolling the benefits of these needles, I had resisted picking them up previously, mostly because they cost sooooo much. In fact, the only reason I bought them (US#3 & #5) now is because these are the only needles my LYS carries and I wanted to start this hat now.
The 2.5 inches of cotton and inch or so of color work went like the wind. The Addis are smooth like glass, but without the sharp-ended stabby-ness of the Knitpicks Options. I will probably still lean on the Options needles for most of my knitting, just because the Turbos are just a tad out of my price range, but I think I will start to slowly amass these beauties as the economy and my project needs allow.
This is the last you will see of this hat (unless you look on Ravelry, of course) because it is for one of my family members who knows where the blog is and may take a look around.
The sock is for my dad, who does not check the blog but who has been wearing too-small socks knit with twisted stitches for far too long.
And here is the circular scarf with the little blue bows to really make it look finished. This will also be going to a family member, but one who I am pretty sure doesn't know where the blog is, so I'm not too worried.
The yarn shop work is coming along; I will try to share some of my future inventory next time. Stay tuned!