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


Posted by mobarger on May-24-2015

There is a sickness that plagues knitters and I know I have it. Just one quick look at my project page on Ravelry and you will see my symptoms. All the pictures of single socks are the biggest clues.

I have single sock syndrome. I work hard on the first sock and by the time I finsh, I am bored. The pattern, the yarn, the project — who knows? After the first sock I have no desire to finish the second.

So today I finished the mate to my earliest sock ever recorded. My first sock was finished in June of 2007. My second sock – 7 years, 11 months and 3 weeks later.

May I present:

Not quite matched up but I don’t think it matters. The yarn is Trekking Color 126. I think at the time it was referred to as Trekking Neapolitan. In fact, a quick Google check proves my memory correct and the first few links in the search even date back to 2007. Nothing since? Wow.

Anyway I checked to see if I have improved at all in sock knitting. These are top down socks, so the first thing I looked at was the heel.

so the top sock is from 2007. I didn’t pull the stitches tight after I picked them up. The little white stitch at the top shows me I did some trickery to bring some stitches together to avoid a hole as I finished the gusset. Conclusion – always pull those picked up stitches tightly around your needle.


My toes have seen some improvement as well. My older sock, on top, shows some wobbliness. Not sure what was going on there. Today’s sock toe is without wobble.

So I am about to start another pair of socks. Using another machine-dyed self-patterning yarn. They are fun, do you like them?

Big Mail Day

Posted by mobarger on Apr-25-2015

First of all, this arrived from The Loopy Ewe.
That’s fine – I like Blue Moon, the colors are lovely, and I like it very much.
The problem is I DON’T REMEMBER ORDERING THIS YARN. I threw in some samples of Soak Wash, which was very nice and thoughtful. But I have absolutely no recollection of purchasing any of it.

But this guy, I remember.
Opal Sweet and Spicy, color “Cake Pops.” It has been haunting me, taunting me from so many blogs. I started on my quest about a month ago, searching the usual vendors, then googling, searching eBay and Ravelry stashes. Not all who had it really did, and those who did have it did not want to part with it. And it continued to to taunt me.

Then I found 3 on Amazon. From Germany. Shipping one ball cost the same as shipping all 3 so I bought all 3. Why not.
I love these yarns. Sure they are machine-dyed but the designs are fun to watch develop and the color schemas are great.

So I see a lot of Cake Pops in my future. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, do you?

Cases for sale

Posted by mobarger on Mar-14-2015

Doing some cleaning out and found some cases that you might enjoy more than me!


Brand new, never used Namaste Small Clutch, color saddle.


Still has the price tag! Lots of pockets.


Retails for $39.99 new if you can find it. Asking $25/BO plus shipping from me to you.

One more Della Q case. This is for circs. New in packaging. Never used. It’s a The Que ® Theo
Circular Needle Case, retails for $46. It can be yours for $30/BO plus shipping from me to you.

Added 3/15

The Loopy Ewe clear acrylic tote bag. Red zipper. $5/BO plus shipping.

Set of 3 nesting acrylic bags, The Loopy Ewe Sock Club. Largest is about 8×11″, middle size about 7×10″ and the smallest is around 4×6″.
$10/BO plus shipping.

Feel free to make an offer on anything that looks interesting. Thank you!