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Wrapping up Loose Ends
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Wrapping up Loose Ends

Our Wednesday road trip to Alabama went really well – we made good time, and got to my aunt and uncle’s house in about 12 hours. As Kris drove through Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and finally Alabama, I sat beside knitting away on Kris’s sweater. Yeah, you heard right – I did not finish Kris’s sweater in time for his birthday last Monday – but it is coming along quite well.

I finished the body, and am now working on the sleeves; after finishing those, I have to join together for the yoke, and then install the zipper – that’s a cinch, right?

Just for a little variety, and to close up some loose ends (no better time to work on lingering 2005 knits than on the Eve of 2006, huh?) I brought my socks along. Second Sock Syndrome hit me pretty hard… but I am trying my darndest to eradicate that now…

I finished the first Diagonal pattern sock during Socktoberfest, and not did not start the second one until December. I am using Cascade Fixation, which is quite fun to work with – the cotton / elastic blend makes a nice fabric that stretches. Next time I work with this yarn, I am planning to go down a needle size (I am currently using US 3s, but I think the US 2s would suit my knitting and my foot size a little better).

I love this sock. This is the Dublin Bay pattern from Mossy Cottage Knits. The yarn is one of the best I have worked with (Tess Designer Yarns; Heather bought this for me at Stitches East 2005) and the slight color variations make such a lovely fabric. I worked this one up on US 1s, so it is a very small thick fabric – just perfect for a sock. The small gauge and tight knitting did a number on my double pointed needles, though! I finished this sock the day after Christmas, and will be starting sock 2 very soon. Can’t wait to have a finished pair and show these lovelies off.

My aunt and I have scouted out several thrift shops in Alabama – I picked up several sweaters to unravel (among them a wool/angora in carnation pink, an aquamarine chunky wool turtleneck, and wool/cotton variegated funnel neck – pictures to come when I get back home!) We have also been knitting quite a bit too. It is so much fun being able to share this knitting hobby (obsession?) with my family.

My mom finished her first scarf – she knit it up in a nice stockinette with garter edges to lay flat. She already gave it away to a friend for Christmas! I wish my first scarf had turned out this nicely!

Right after giving my sister, Sarah, some new needles and yarn for Christmas, she cast on for a scarf – and the word on the street is that she is already finished with it! Haven’t seen it with my own eyes yet, though ;)


Kris and I will be back in Maryland on the 3rd, so expect some fun Alabama pictures, thrift store finds, and maybe, just maybe, a finished pair of socks.

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55 Responses

  1. Cara

    Happy New Year! I hope 2006 is FANTASTIC! L, C

  2. Karma

    I can’t believe how long your road trip was… that’s almost too much knitting time! (Did I just say that?) I adore the Dublin Bay socks and am tempted to try it next. I’ll go check out that pattern again. Happy New Year!

  3. Tam

    Hi Lolly! Happy New Year to you and your cute hubby! :-) I’m looking at your mom’s scarf and I have a question. Is she twisting her stitches? I did that when I first started knitting. I wrapped my yarn the wrong way on my purl rows and it made twisted stitches. From the photo it looks like she’s doing it too! Not to criticize her first project, mind you. As you said, for a first attempt it is FABULOUS. And you probably would have noticed it yourself. Just thought I’d ask. Wrapping the wrong way on the purl row was a HARD habit to break (once I finally realized what I was doing wrong) and I’d hate to see someone else have to go through that.

  4. Mom

    Happy New Year to my sweet Lol’! Hope that you are having a wonerful time with the FergClan. Tell everone hello! XXOO

  5. Amy

    Happy New Year Lolly! Your sweater and socks are coming along splendidly.


  6. Kathy

    Your Mom’s scarf is so great! I ripped out my first scarf attempt because it was so terribly bad. You must all have yarn in the genes or something. What yarn did she use, btw?

    Go go on Kris’ sweater!! You can do it!!

    And Happy Happy New Year to you both, and to your pups and kitties too!

  7. Moni

    Happy New Year, Lolly! Have a save drive back from Alabama!

  8. dianne

    what fun! kris’s sweater looks great, as do your socks!! and, mom & sister’s scarves! sounds like so much fun with your aunt too, can’t wait to see the finds. Happy New Year!!!

  9. Amy

    So many nice projects! Glad you were able to get at those socks (I am terrible too when it comes to the second sock!) Happy New Year!

  10. Kelly

    Lolly, great pics-thanks for sharing while you are away. safe trip back to md and happy new yr to ya!

  11. Kate

    The sweater (and the socks) look great! I made that sweater for my ex last year – the one tip I have for the zipper is to match the sweater to the zipper as you knit – it can be hard to stretch the sweater to match the zipper after it’s all done. Enjoy the new year!

  12. Sheryl

    I love your socks. I am just now finishing the 2nd sock of my first pair and I am loving it. I went to look at Tess’s yarns – they are yummy. Glad y’all had a safe trip and have a Happy New Year!

  13. Nichola

    Happy New Year Lolly! Here’s to a fabulous 2006.xxx

  14. Agnes

    Happy New Year to you too, Lolly.
    I like the colours of Kris’s cardi!

  15. Cathy

    The sweater is coming out great – I love the colors in that yarn – it is so “warm” looking. The blue socks look like they would be heaven on your feet – is it as soft as it looks???? I just may have to try it! Hooray on your thrift store finds – I can’t wait to see. Have a wonderful time, a safe drive back and a very happy New Year!

  16. Michelle

    Happy New Year! Kris’s sweater is looking great, as are your socks. What a fun memory his sweater will be of the trip. And your mom’s scarf is amazing. I wish my first scarf had looked that good too. ;-)

  17. gray  la gran

    lolly, please tell me more about your fixation knitting experience. i have a few balls of this in my stash, and did start a sock. i had no idea of what size needle to use, as it does stretch. i imagine the socks would feel spongy and cushy though.
    as for the pretty socks knitted with tess, …. geez! they did do a number on your dpns. i hope the needles were the only casualty, and that your hands/wrists feel okay. :)

  18. kris

    happy new year, lauren!

    very much looking forward to seeing that cardi finished up! the yarn is gorgeous!

  19. Esther

    Happy New Year!!!
    Your socks look great, can’t wait to see the sweater when it’s done. Your mom’s scarf came out LOVELY!!! What a great job!
    Wishing you all the best.

  20. Kimberly

    Alles Gute für 2006!! Your socks look super!!
    I can’t believe that’s your mom’s first kitting project. It’s so perfect! You’re lucky to have knitting addicts in your family. ;)

  21. heather

    happy new year dearest!

    Love the socks…let me know if you think you are going to run out k?

    love H

  22. Wanda

    Happy New Year to you and Kris and be safe in your travels!

  23. Leah

    Happy New Year to you Lolly.

    Your knitting on the road photos look great, and I can’t wait to see your thrift store finds. Be safe on your travels.

  24. Katarina

    I wish I could convince my mum and sis to start knitting… That would be so much fun. My mum knows how to, but she doesn’t do it anymore…

  25. Karen

    All your current projects are looking good Lolly! Happy New Year! I hope 2006 is wonderful for you!

  26. Sharon J

    Your mum’s scarf’s lovely. It looks as if she knits into the back of the stitches, which is what my mum does too. Sounds like you’ve had a good trip – I’m sure you’ll soon have your socks all paired up and ready to go. Speaking of which, do you also suffer from second arm syndrome? I’ve never had a problem with knitting the second sock (although I’ll admit it’s never as much fun as knitting the first one) and am wondering whether those who do have that problem also abandon sweaters for a while because they can’t face the second arm.

    Have a peaceful and prosperous 2006. ~Sharon J

  27. Tam

    I love the blue and pink colorways of each pairs of socks–can’t wait to see the finished socks!

    Happy New Year, Lolly! Happy knitting in 2006!

  28. Teresa

    Ha-your dpn’s look like mine! Really nice socks though. The sweater for Kris looks great-can’t wait to see it on him. Your mom’s scarf-wow!!! I can not believe it was her first. She must be where you get your knitting talent.;-) I have got to get myself out to the thrift stores to check the sweaters out, as I have not had a ‘good find’ in awhile. Maybe I’ll get lucky, you never know.

    Happy New Year to you and Kris-hope 2006 is another fantastic year!

  29. Becky

    I love the side panel on the pink socks.

    Happy New Year!

  30. blossom

    oh i remembered you’ll be in my neighborhood… hope you’ve had fun! treat you guys a breakfast at cracker&barrel. my absolute love for a southern breakfast. hmm.. we shall try to meet & knit next time you stop by. happy new year.

  31. HibiscuitsGirl

    Pretty socks!! Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see your 2006 FOs =D

  32. Jessica

    Happy New Year Lolly! :)

  33. Heather

    Kris’ sweater is looking amazing! So are your socks btw.

    I love road trips :) It’s been a while since I’ve done a real good one. Two years ago I drove to Halifax from here (about 26 hours) with soe friends. So much fun!

    Anyway, I hope you and Kris had a really Happy New Year! :)

  34. Karen

    Hi Lolly!
    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. I had to comment because I was reading your “about Lolly” stuff, and we have the exact same birthday! AND I am also the oldest of three girls. I had to check to make sure I wasn’t reading my own blog. :-P I’ve been knitting for just over a year now and I’m about to embark on the scary scary task of making socks for the first time, so glad to see that yours came out so well. It’s very encouraging. Keep up the good work!

  35. Kathy

    Happy New Year, Lolly!! I’m just catching up on all your posts – you have had a busy holiday season!! (How in the world did you manage to keep posting all the while! Sheesh! When I grow up… can I be as good a blogger as you?!?) Your Dublin Bay socks look wonderful – love that color! And Kris’ sweater looks great too – can’t wait to see that one finished!

  36. Amy

    Happy New Year Lolly! I’ve enjoyed your blog over the last couple of months & it has inspired me to blog as well. :)

  37. Erin

    I can’t wait to see Kris’ sweater all finished. It looks like it’s going to be so great. Oh, and putting in a zipper isn’t too bad.

    I love those Dublin Bay socks, they are definitely turning out excellently!

    And look at you spreading the knitting love! Now practically everyone in your family knits!

  38. megan

    happy new year, lolly!!

  39. Jennifer

    I love the red socks! Gorgeous! I found that the way to get through second sock syndrome is to dedicate myself to the second sock for a couple of days and then give myself permission to work on something else. Usually I get so far in a couple of days, that I want to just finish it off.

  40. eyeleen

    Happy New Year, Lolly! Love the color on those Dublin Bay socks.

  41. Catrin

    I hope you had a grat time in Alabama! Happy New Year!

  42. Catrin

    I hope you had a great time in Alabama! Happy New Year!

  43. Jenna

    I hope that you are having a nice, relaxing time in ‘Bama – at least you’re getting a lot of knitting done, which counts for a lot. Hope the New Year’s is rockin’!
    I meant to tell you, one of my new knitting books has very nice, detailed instructions for setting in a zipper so that all your hard work won’t end up looking unsightly. It tells you how to do a facing and everything, we’ll have to consult about this. Safe travels!

  44. Samantha

    Happy New Year! May 2006 be filled with great knits and lovely yarn. :)

  45. Stephanie

    Happy New Year. I can’t wait to see more trip pictures. The sweater and socks look great!

  46. jess

    happy new year!

    That sweater is looking good… love the colour.

  47. ck

    Your mom’s scarf is awesome! Hard to believe it is her first one.

    Hope you had a great trip!

  48. Sarah

    Recycling yarn from thrift store sweaters is sooooo fun. I just dyed a bunch of yarn I got from an awesome find. I can’t wait to see what you come home with!

    Those socks….I have total sock envy. This keeps happening….must. get better. at knitting socks!

    Happy New Year!

  49. Angela

    Happy New Year!

  50. Mimi

    I am glad you all were able to visit our fam down south. Maybe next time we can make the visit together.
    The sweater colors are really nice.
    I need to pull my knitting back up to keep up with Sudu and Mom. I signed up for a knitting class at Ben Franklins. They are going to call me back about the openings…

    Love You

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