I finished the knitting on my sockapaloooza/cirque du socks socks yesterday. I could've completely finished them and started blocking them last night, but I decided to watch Memoirs of a Geisha (which I enjoyed by the way) and since I'm still not the world's best Kitchener Stitcher, I decided to wait to do that until I could give them more attention. I stitched up one this morning. I plan on doing the other tonight at SnB, then sew in the ends and maybe even give them a bath and block them tonight after SnB. I normally don't block socks. I just wear them, they're naturally the right shape so they fit my foot fine. But since I'm sending these away, I decided to try blocking them. I'm going to make a pair of blockers from wire hangers. I'll let you know how that works out.
So, what did I work on during the movie (because you know you can't sit through a movie without knitting, it's just wrong)? I started the second sock of the pair I'm making my grandma for Mother's day. I'm using Cascade Fixation and making up the pattern as I go along. Grandma complains that her socks constrict her ankles too much, so I made a garter stitch cuff. These are short socks, so there shouldn't be a problem with them staying up, and anyway, the elastic in the yarn should help with that a little. It took me practically no time at all to make the first one, so I should be able to get this done in time. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be able to make socks for Mom in time, so I think I'm going to make her a pair of fuzzy flipflops by crocheting eyelash yarn around the tops. If you haven't seen a pair of these, you probably have no idea what I'm talking about--don't worry, I'll post a picture when I'm done.