I took embarrassingly few pictures. *beats chest*
It was an event that unfolded as you would expect. Lots of hang-time. Copious spinning and knitting. Morbid fascination with other peoples' projects, purchases, and machines. I had the same focus on sock knitting machines (think Eloi being called to the Morlocks from 'The Time Machine' by HG Wells) that Mel did.
This is a picture of turning a heel. I almost didn't have time to focus the picture before it was done. The good news is that learning to use the machine takes more time than knitting a pair of socks. And picking up dropped stitches is NOT trivial. It WOULD make my sock yarn stash seem more rational. I think Tony Federer said it takes an hour and a half per pair of socks. Not the point? Thank god.
That Laurie did it again. She had another amazing hand-dyed, hand-spun hand-knitted sweater on. I did manage to get a picture, but the three ladies never stopped moving. The Goddess modeling the sweater was the worst of all. Constant motion.
You may recognize Nora Gaughan's design. The other ladies to the left are Juno and TooMuchWool. TMW is wearing her cashmere lady cap and Celtic Dreams in soft, squishy wonderful I have to buy some BFL.
There were educational opportunities. I watched an Alden Amos wheel change ownership. This wheel spins like .... I can't say this on a knitblog. You know what I'm thinking.
Carole needed a new drive band. This is 15 feet (or so) of spun Coopworth morphing into a three-ply driveband. Marcy to the left, Carole to the right. The driveband lasted about an hour before it stretched beyond the wheel's adjustments, and it was replaced with thick cotton thread. That was much less dramatic than plying 3x5 feet of yarn in a room with no room for people, let alone plying bodies. Juno's purpleheart Canadian production wheel is visible below Carole's right arm.
This is a whack of socks under a sock knitting machine. They are joined by a waste band of yarn that is used to separate/start the next one. If you do it this way, you have to finish off the cuff AND the toe. The guy in the first picture does it one sock at a time, so all he has at the end is a toe to kitchener.
Stash acquisitions to follow in another post.