High Water, Low Danger; and, Socktoberfest Mis-Fits and Re-Starts
but we are safe, no danger.
Tempt not fate, knit on.
A voice mail from my brother yesterday made me realize that, my family being located in various spots across the country and only knowing that I live somewhere in New Hampshire, they are worrying about whether Gryphon and I have been affected by the flooding.
The good news is, we're in Wilton, NH, which is a bit east of where the worst problems have been happening. If the rain had taken a different path, though, it could just as easily have been here.
To illustrate the effect the endless rain has had here in Wilton, Gryphon and I went today to the Burns Hill Rd. Bridge over the Souhegan River, about a block from our home. (This was also the first bridge in the 11 Bridges in 140 Minutes quest.)
Knitting Around at the Souhegan River
The water flow over the dam today is massive and fierce, reminding me of a mini Niagara Falls. For comparison, here's what the river looked like at Labor Day. Much less water - the dam, which was highly visible then under a mere trickle of water, almost can't be seen today.
What a Difference a Few Inches Makes
And yes, that's Bridgette, aka Wearable Hug 12, being Knitted Around again - now at a flooded river. She's building up a skein-load of energy, isn't she?
As to Socktoberfest - I've completely frogged the remains of SE5, and I'm having to re-think my approach. I love the toe-up sock a lot, but getting the heel and ankle right is going to be tricky.
I'm considering picking a sock pattern from my new Sensational Knitted Socks book and using one of the self-striping yarns in the sock for a top-down pair. I've proven myself capable of knitting a competent sock that way, and it'll keep me in the Socktoberfestivities with less frustration.
I haven't abandoned the micro-spun sock, though. SE5 will be merely on hold, and I'll call the top-down socks SE6. I've actually swatched anew for SE5 with size 4 needles instead of size 2, in the hopes that I'll get a fabric with more ease to it. First impressions - it does have a softer hand to it, and may have enough ease to make for better fit. Stay tuned, I'll let you know.