or what I do when I am not working or farming …

Slow Going

Posted by mobarger on Oct-4-2014


Working on a Worsted Boxy. Wow is it ever slow-going. I can’t imagine doing the original using fingering. It’s over 200 stitches at this point and while straight stockinette, it just seems like it takes forever to do a round.


The yarn is Miss Babs Yowza Whatta skein! that I purchased at Rhinebeck in 2012. Apparently I never even blogged that trip. But I went and I have the yarn to prove it! So this yarn – I’m on the fence about how it’s knitting up. It reminds me of camo, definitely reminds me of fall. The colorway is “Timberline.”

Speaking of fall, the leaves are changing for sure. It’s noticeable every day. While this year seems a lot colder than years past, we still haven’t had a frost yet. In previous years we’ve had frost by now.

Hopefully my next post will be of me getting ready for Rhinebeck wearing my Worsted Boxy. But at this point I am not optimistic about the sweater!

One Big Sock

Posted by mobarger on Sep-14-2014

Check out this Freia sock yarn:

It’s from Knitwhits and weighs in at about 215 yards per ball. This is the Fuschia colorway.

I wanted to use every inch of this yarn and I kept knitting and knitting until I knit the longest sock I have ever knit. And I still didn’t finish the ball, leaving a lot of pink unused which I added to my mini-skein pile.

View of cable
It’s a simple toe-up (I used Wendy’s pattern) with a mock cable along the side. At 6″ I started increasing 2 stitches every 6 rounds for some calf shaping. The heel method used in this pattern works really well — much better than a short row — to keep the color flow going.

The resulting sock is …um … a foot long. I’ll be starting the second soon, I promise.

I have similar yarn from another vendor (FishKnits) that comes in a longer skein of 440 yards and is 70% Merino/30% Silk. This one is destined to a long shawl to show off that color change the best.

More Freia
I have more Freia too (Color: grapevine). They came to me wound in opposite ways (I bought them at separate times). I’m thinking of knitting them as is for a reverse look in the pair of resulting socks. What do you think?

Technical Difficulties

Posted by mobarger on Aug-16-2014

Apparently my favorite Flickr-Wordpress plugin is no longer supported, and with a change in Flickr’s API (they now require SSL) my image links will be forever broken with posts previous to this one. Sigh.
I’m switching up the way images are linked so hopefully going forward, this won’t be an issue again.