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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!

A Sock and A Sale

Posted by mobarger on Feb-22-2014

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The sock I started during the Super Bowl? I finally finished it today. A couple of brain farts really got in my way: stupid short row heels and reading patterns. The pattern approaches the heel in a different way. Also my brain was convinced that SSK = K2Tog. This rarely turns out well. Did it turn out well this time? Pretty much, but now I am dealing with too tight of an EZ sewn bind-off and trying to make the cuff looser.

Meanwhile to distract you I will tell you of 2 sales of which I recently partook. I had no business buying yarn, but Craftsy is having a sale on TML. For $15.36 you can get a skein. I have to tell you I have been coveting the Stephen West colorway for a while and I may have bought one two three.

Another sale is at Interweave Knits — on books this time. Their shipping can be a little high but if you use code WEAVE15 you will get 15% off. Like me. *sigh. I found some knitting books I have been looking at for a while and they were less than $4. But here’s the thing – they have stuff from all of their fibery crafts on sale and that code still works. Just saying.

In The Bag

Posted by mobarger on Jan-14-2014

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I have had this lovely skein in my stash since Rhinebeck 2012. It is handspun from Lisa Souza and is 50% Angora, 25% merino and 25% silk. I love it. You would not believe just how soft it is. I’ve been searching for a while to find just the right pattern for it. I decided it had to be a cowl to keep that soft pettable fiber close to me.

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I decided on the Destroyed Cowl but the yarn had different ideas. It is just so soft that it doesn’t make a stiff fabric at all. I think the Destroyed Cowl needs a little backbone to it so this project is frogged and I am searching for a new cowl to knit. Maybe I will mix this with some MadTosh for a more sturdy neckpiece.

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So I did go back to Three Bags Full and I bought yet another bag. This one. covered in birds. “Puffins are gorgeous.” “Seagulls are noisy.” “Pigeons are misunderstood.”

So even if I don’t have success in finishing projects, the projects will still look pretty spectacular!