The temperature has dropped below 35 degrees, I've returned to work and the gym this week and re-discovered how to turn a sock heel. Life is back to normal. I like it this way.
I would like to say that my blogging slackness has been due to an excess of knitting or even vast amounts of time spent of Ravelry. The latter is a little true, but the biggest time waster has been a deceptively simple "match-three" computer game bought over summer. (Google 'Big Fish Games' if you are interested in cheap, addictive computer puzzle games; you can try virtually all of them for an hour for free before deciding if you want to buy; I spent more than six months just playing free trials before deciding to part with some cash). I reached level 99 last night - I'm hoping once I crack the final level, I will no longer feel so compelled to sit at the computer clicking away.
I am now over half-way through my second Lollipop sock - the heel is properly turned with no holes - in fact I think it is the best short-row heel I've knitted to date. I now have the tediousness of ribbing K2P2 the entire leg. I hate ribbing but for me at least it provides the best and most comfortable fitting sock and the pattern is so simple that I can't stuff it up; I know I will love wearing these socks once I've finished and I know have less than one half a sock to go and because I'm knitting in one of the self-striping yarns it is fun to play the game of knitting "just up to the end of this patch of colour... well maybe to the end of the blue section, etc".
After I finish the sock, I have to start on the bag I am committed to making for the Ravelry Australian Knitters Bag Lady swap. The organisers have kindly matched me up with someone else who also likes purple and I STILL have a heap of purple/pink mohair in my stash. So providing the eczema stays away, I'm thinking of doing a test knit/felt swatch with this (hey, there is a first time for everything).