I bought a pair of Crocs. Since I only buy new shoes when I need them, and both of my pairs of shoes that I actually wear (as opposed to the ones I don't because they hurt or are (more) season-inappropriate) are very new, this means something.
What does it mean? It means I wanted a pair of shoes I could wear without stockings - even knee-highs get annoying in the summer - that I could also use for Tisha B'Av and for house shoes/slippers. I really didn't care that I could hose them down. :)
Turns out to be something really good. They're comfortable, they fit even my wide and flat feet and I can stand in them for a long time. I'm not going to wear them to work unless the thermometer tops 90°F, much less synagogue, but they're fine for walking around the neighborhood. And they're great to cook in. Be very useful for Contata, I think.
Apparently Saturday was Worldwide* Knit in Public Day.** I celebrated it by not touching my knitting until Saturday night, and then only to "tink" (knit backwards, or unknit - undoing knitting stitch-by-stitch instead of just ripping it.) several rows. I'm knitting a shawl out of laceweight alpaca. That's about the only way I could get back to where I needed to go. See, up until that point, I hadn't needed to count stitches and I didn't place stitch markers where they'd be necessary. I finished the tinking Saturday night, and spent some time making stitch markers on Sunday morning. By that, I mean I made little circles of contrasting yarn tied with a square knot. I prefer commercial ones, but this shawl needs a lot, so making them was the way to go. They made a tremendous difference - in about two hours I made up the work that took me two days to unknit.
I also washed and blocked the pieces to my niece's cardigan. Plus, today on the way to work, I picked up the sock in progress. Where I discovered that I'd forgotten how to do the stitch pattern. Fortunately, it's a very strong and easily read one, and once I got started, it came back to me. The other weird bit was the knitting itself. I've spent most of my knitting time on a lace shawl - this means US5 needles (3.75 mm), which are about as big as I tend to go, with very fine gauge yarn. On the other hand, the socks use 2.0mm (US0) needles, and the yarn is relatively heavy for sock weight - just short of sports weight, in fact. So I'm going from largish needles and very fine yarn to fine needles and not-so-fine yarn. It's a a completely different experience.
*Worldwide except for those who don't, you know, knit on Saturday.
**Doesn't everyone who knits knit in public? Like on public transport or sitting in the park with lunch, or in waiting rooms, or coffee shops? It's like proclaiming worldwide drink coffee in public day.