The stone in the ring on the left is a peridot, even though you probably can't tell from this shot-
I am, however, starting to regret my decision to go for a greater variety of stones of lower cost/quality over shelling out more money for larger lots of one or two stones, but with better cut. My stone setting skills are not yet that flexible. I have a set of stone-setting burs in a variety of sizes, but there are one or two that are missing that I think I will have to buy in order to set some of these stones. The CZs I was setting earlier are machine-cut, and all fit perfectly. These new stones have more size variation, and end up being just a smidge larger or smaller than the closest "matching" bur size. Add to that my less-than-ideal setup for holding on to rings and earrings while I'm trying to set stones (sometimes it's a two-handed process) and you have a good recipe for frustration :(
This has combined with my decision not to buy anything I can make at home, and has led to me spending more time knitting myself a new pair of socks than working in the studio. I really need to cut that out and do my knitting after Scarlett gets home from school. That was supposed to be the deal - I stay home and work in the studio during school hours. Yes, socks are necessary, but I can work on those when Scarlett is home, so I should not use my precious and limited my-autistic-daughter-is-at-school hours for knitting. On the other hand, these are going to be very nice, warm, decorative socks!
This is the "Cabled Corn " pattern from Knitting Circles Around Socks, which I love not so much for the sock patterns (which are nice), but for the two-socks-at-once technique the author uses. I will no longer suffer from Second Sock Syndrome! For those unfamiliar with the condition, SSS is characterized by a tendency to knit the first sock in a given pattern, then get bored with the pattern and move on to something else. The sad result is a large number of orphan socks. Knitting them both at once does a great deal to alleviate this situation! These socks are being knit in a handspun wool/silk blend I had hanging around. I have a lot of handspun hanging around - eventually most of it will turn into something. Right now it is becoming winter socks!