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I've been busy! We got home yesterday at 4 PM...BTW, do NOT go to the Mall. I mean, I *knew* that, but figured hey, it's Monday; it's after lunch; and...how bad could it be?

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:
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 02:28 pm (UTC)
There's a reason I spell it "maul" :D

I must admit I'm toying with the idea of a CSM. One of these days I'll come up with a list of questions for you about them. I'd like to be able to knit over the knee hose for SCA purposes mainly. That's just Too Much Sock for me to knit by hand. but I suspect that doing any sort of calf increase/decrease (don't care if I do them toe up or top down) might be an issue.

Happy Giftmas! Enjoy your time off. And stay away from those mauls :D
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Date:December 22nd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
The CSM would be *perfect* for tall hose - the only problem is, as you suspect, increase/decrease. :thinking: IF you used a 72 cylinder (or....some machines have an 84. *That*might work), you could knit straight to the ankle. Maybe futzing with the tension to make it smaller in diameter.

Remember a few years ago you got me some wild yarn? I finally knit up the crayon-colored one (well, 1 sock, so far). I....wow. BRIGHT isn't the word for it! :lol: I did a flap-heel on it, and it's really, really bright. I need to do #2 - I NEED these socks. Badly. :lol:

I'm also thinking I need to ask you to buy me yarn again. Look at my new stash - it's mostly all the same colors. Beautiful yes....but I need to step out of my "comfort" zone. If you're willing, let me know when your next trip to a yarn store is....I'll check the budget. I.....love wild socks, but don't tend to buy the right yarn for them. :sigh:
Date:December 23rd, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)

Tin Can CSM

I'm wondering... I saw something like this machine in FamilyFun magazine, made of a tin can and nails. It was for weaving yarn into tubes... the same thing, you think?
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Date:December 23rd, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)

Re: Tin Can CSM

Yes, pretty much! So is the Barbie knitter (and yes...you CAN knit small socks on that. Don't ask. :lol:)

The thing with the CSM is the crank - it makes it knit so much faster than hand-manipulating each stitch. That's the problem too - more people have discovered these since I bought mine, and prices have jumped. Significantly.....I like mine, but wouldn't buy one today. Even if I DO like the socks it (grudgingly) spits out. :lol:
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