15 minutes to find a parking space way the hell away from the mall. People were parking on the MEDIANS, they were parking BEHIND other cars - it was nuts. Still. Got into the mall...it was a Madhouse. People, people everywhere...but know what? They were buying, but not spending lots of money. Lots of frantic activity...but it had this....almost desperate feeling about it. Strange.
Went to Lush - I needed some new hair mask and shampoo. I was the ONLY person in there buying more than 1 item....and I only got 5 things. The store was PACKED - to the point that I sent the kids outside to a bench to wait for me. The Puzzle Place was just as bad....and Herself bought more stuff (for $11!) then anyone else. Lego Store = ditto, only Himself didn't buy anything. He was OK...he had his heart set on a Nerf Vulcan...something or other. Mega-maxi belt-fed dart gun thing. That he's shooting the dogs with. :lol:
Anyway - digression over.
As I said, I've been busy. First, Preparation:
This is *mostly* my recent order from Simply Socks. The top 3 skeins (the blue/silver/white) are Alpaca Sox from my last order (and eBay. :lol:) for Sweet Geek's Cowboys socks. The lower ball, with knitting attached, is my Fire Lizard Studios Joy in "Star Gazing". The Noro and the Wisdom pair is from eBay, but the rest....yeah. :lol:
Here's Concentration. Or Aggrevation. Or Perspiration - take your pick!
The Circular Sock Machine. 54 slot cylinder, 32 slot ribber (you can just see the ribber there, to the side - it works!!!, but I've already done the ribbing and switched back to just the cylinder. The ribber sits on top, and you can't see what you're doing, and you can't fix mistakes before they run all. the. way. down. Still...faster than having to hand-knit every pair of socks I own!) Yarn is...Salvia, in some bizarre easter egg color combination, that's almost too weird for me. It's.....Salvia's a crapshoot when it comes to colorways - you never know WHAT you're gonna get. Their dyer is.....odd. :lol:
And, here's the payoff:
5 socks (2 complete pair, and the first of the easter egg ones), knit in about 4 hours, all told. INCLUDING futzing with the ribber last night. WHEN the CSM works, it's fantastic - you turn the crank and it spits out a sock in about 15 minutes. When it DOESN'T work...well, it's still faster than hand-knit, but more aggravating.
Let's see...the ee one is Salvia. So is the sorta tiger-striped one (see what I mean about a crap-shoot?). The pink and heathery striped ones are Donna Norville's "Serenity" yarn from JoAnns (crap yarn. Feels sleazy. Doesn't bloom in the wash. I predict it won't last - but the yarn is only $3.99/ball.). The dark plummy/orange/brown socks are Lorna's Laces Shepard Sock in "Mother Lode" - those are Sweet Geek's, and I WANT them. The colors look MUCH better knit up than it did in the skein.....but I have LL's "Tuscany" up for me next, so I'm good. :lol:
And, to show you what the FLS "Star Gazing" looks like in 2x2 rib:
I can't get back to these until I finish my Liberty socks. Plus, I'm trying to decide if I want to knit a plain sock, to capitalize on the color sequence, or if I want to knit a pattern. :sigh: Decisions, decisions. (The yarn in the plastic bag? Is the Cashmere/Merino blend. I...didn't want it to get contaminated by my floor. That stuff is LUSCIOUS to the touch. It's.......wow. Sweet Geek's will get run thru the CSM (I think....:lol:), mine will be savored. It's....I wanted to snuggle up to it last night, it's that soft and cuddly and smooshy. :ahem:)
Speaking of my Liberty socks, I'm at the heel flap of #2. Sweet Geek's pair is drying now - they look TOTALLY different from mine. Amazing how much the pattern has to do with the finished look - his are plain Jane socks, mine are knit in Old Shale. It's.....almost like it's not the same yarn. Pictures to follow.....for now, I have socks to crank out! :lol: