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Dublin Bay Socks
Pattern: Mossy Cottage Knits
Yarn: Tess Designer Yarns Superwash Merino Sock
Needles: Size 1 Aluminum DPNs
Started: October 17, 2005 / Finished: February 21, 2006
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I got a very bad case of Second Sock Syndrome on these little buggers – I finished three sweaters, two other pairs of socks, and numerous accessories all while these socks were lingering on the needles. I loved the yarn, and I enjoyed the simple pattern, but I did find the size 1 needles to be a little uncomfortable on my wrists, so I blame that for taking so long…

The yarn was great – one of the best I have worked with so far. Heather picked it up for me at Stitches East 2005, and got a matching skein (or two) for herself. So, when that little festival in May comes around, you can bet I will be stopping by the Tess booth! (and Stitches East 2006 is just up the road in Baltimore this year, baby!)

Over the Presidents’ Day holiday, I went pattern and fabric shopping with my mom for my first Sew? I Knit! sew-along pattern. The first project is a skirt – and I had some simple specifications. I wanted:

  • something easy to start with because my sewing skills are zilch
  • something that could be easily altered as I lose weight
I chose Simplicity 4481, a simple trumpet knee-length skirt with an elastic waist. I was tempted by about a million other patterns, but I do like this one, and it fits my specifications so well. Plus, the pattern has several variations in length, so I will be able to reuse it in the future.

My favorite part was choosing the fabric. Since I wanted to combine the sewalong with Project Spectrum, I bought red and pink fabrics. I saw several floral and geometric prints that I liked at the shop, but chose solids in the end because I may try my hand at some embroidery on the fabric. I chose a pink linen with light flecks of blue and green, and a beautiful red linen. So, I have enough to make two skirts!

You can see that I also bought the thread, and 4 pieces of felt (also in pink and red) and a packet of cute red pearly buttons. I wanted to try some applique with the felt, and the buttons may play a part in my postcard for the Postcard Swap. As you can see, I am really gearing up for Project Spectrum – and over 360 of you are too!

The festivities begin a week from today: March 1st!

All of the names for the Postcard Swap were sent out yesterday (whew! 86 of you!) so, I am behind in regular emails. I actually have one participant in the Postcard Swap who does not have a partner – we had an odd number – so, if you have any interest in the March swap, please leave a comment. I only need one, so the first commenter gets it. If you did not receive an email with your pal’s name, please let me know as soon as possible. (Got one! We are even now!)

On Monday night, I had the chance to meet up with a great bunch of girls for a little knit night at the Panera Bread in Columbia. Although I had to leave early, I was able to meet everyone and have a great hour of knitting fun with Coleen, Eunny, Sarah, Laura, and Amie. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by!

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87 Responses

  1. Stephanie

    Love the socks. I completely understand about the size 1′s as I am working on them right now for my own pair of socks. My fingers are sore, my wrists are okay. I like your material selection. You are a busy girl!

  2. Susan

    Pretty color socks!! I don’t blame you for using Needle Size 1… I’m using size one for my socks and my wrist hurts!!! I really like the design of the skirt and the fabrics look so pretty!! Good luck and Happy Sewing!!!

  3. Sheri

    Love your socks! I haven’t tried this pattern yet, but it is in the pile of the many sock patterns I want to knit.

  4. Tam

    Love the Dublin Bay socks, Lolly! I love that color!

  5. caitlyn

    Yay, another beautiful pair of socks! Great job, Lolly!

  6. debbie

    i love your dublin bay socks! i did a couple pairs, and can see more in the future – they’re an easy knit and looks kinda classic. can’t wait to see your skirt progress…..

  7. megan

    I have so much to say about this post . . . I love the dublin bay socks. I can’t believe I haven’t made socks in so long! Since spring is right around the corner maybe I’ll give up on winter accessories soon and start on some colorful lightweight socks.

    Good choice on the skirt pattern. And the fabric you selected is lovely. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

    I want to go to MS&W this year too! A stop at the Texas booth is definitely in order.

  8. Karen

    I love your socks!!

  9. Michelle

    I love your socks! I made a pair using that pattern and pink Lorna’s Laces a couple years ago. It was a fun pattern. ;-)
    I’m very impressed with your skirt plans and I can’t wait to see you wearing it!

  10. puppymomma

    I think you look great just the way you are Lolly, but if you want to, we can be lose weight buddies. It always helps to have a pal to lose weight with.

  11. Debi

    Those socks are gorgeous!! So juicy looking!

    And I think it’s too cool that all your fabric matches too! Pink must be your signature color (name that movie reference, hehehe)

  12. kris

    the socks are perfect! such gorgeous yarn…

    very much looking forward to following your sewing project!

  13. Rebekah

    The socks turned out cute. One of these days those are on my to do list, but really what isn’t. Well, sewing isn’t that’s for sure. I couldn’t sew a straight line if my life depended on it.

  14. sUsAn

    Fab socks, Lolly!

  15. Mama-E

    Hey lolly! I have something for you!!!! :)
    Tell Mona that I LOVE LOVE LOVE her pattern!!

  16. Erin

    So you’re going to try sewing too? Where do you find time for all of this? I love the skirt pattern, it’s really cute. Plus your Dublin Bay socks are gorgeous!

  17. Chrissy

    I am counting the days until Project Spectrum starts! I still don’t know what I’m doing for March, but I think it’s going to be non-knitting (gasp!). Hmm. I need to do some thinking!

  18. Casey

    I love your socks and I can’t wait to se your skirts! You picked a great pattern- the skirt has a really nice shape.

  19. kelly

    Great lookin’ socks Lolly! I’m gonna have to try some of that Tess sock yarn this year.

    I also love the skirt pattern! It’s going to look great on you! Very chic.

  20. Moni

    Hi Lolly! Your socks are beautiful! love that yarn color..I agree with you, though, that knitting with size 1 needles are hard on the hands..

    I’ve been thinking in “project spectrum” terms lately, too. Thinking about how I can get pink and red into my projects next month. Love your skirt pattern! I getting more and more tempted to dust of the old sewing machine.

  21. isel

    Pretty socks, as always!

    The fabrics look soooo pretty. I can’t wait to see your skirts.
    Applique and everything? Aren’t we fancy!???!!?

    My postcard swap pal and I have already contacted each other. Thanks!

    See you Saturday! How exciting is that? :D

  22. Cathy

    The socks are fantastic! Hooray for finishing – I hate when I get stuck half way through a pair of anything – they seem to haunt me until I get to them! The fabric for your skirts is lovely – I have no doubt that you will enjoy sewing. I used to find it so relaxing – unfortunately, there isn’t much room in our house and the machine has no “real home” someday…… Enjoy and I can’t wait to hear all about your experience with it :)

  23. eyeleen

    Yay for the new socks. They look great! Lovely material for you skirt, great colors.

  24. carola

    Congratulations on your socks! I’m stuck with my Dublin Bays for ages, seeing your beauties might be the right motivation to keep on.
    I’m excitedly awaiting your skirt project, the colours looks great, happy sewing!
    I haven’t got my postcard swap pal information yet. I am not the unpaired pal!?!

  25. Jackie

    I LOVE your socks, Lauren! They show off the pattern so beautifully!

  26. Erica

    Oooh, the color of your socks is great, a perfect match to the pattern. That’s a cute skirt pattern you picked out. I really need to learn to sew!

  27. jess

    such pretty socks…. and that skirt is going to be nice.

  28. blossom

    hi lauren, your socks look fabulous. and you finished on time!! so impressive!!

    i’m so glad to see taht you’re also sewing a skirt with the sewalong. yay!!! we can learn so much from each other.

  29. Sara

    What a lovely skirt pattern! I can’t wait to see the finished skirt… especially with that pink linen. I wonder if I have some pink fabric stashed somewhere that I could use for Project Spectrum.

  30. sarah

    Cuuuute socks!!! I love your idea for the first round of P.S. that skirt is gonna rock. I’ve still got to nail down what I wnat my forst project to be… hmmmmmmm…

  31. maryse

    jesus! all of these comments!

    anyway — i love the transitions cowl. i love cowls. warm without having to wrap a stupid scarf.

  32. Rachel

    Well aren’t those the cutest socks ever! I love them!

  33. Amanda Cathleen

    Loven’ the socks!
    I love the fabric’s that you picked out for your skirt : )

  34. Mia

    Hey, the socks look great! Almost as nice as mine *evil grin* I’m glad I made it thru though.. now I think I have sock fever, and the post you put up today (2/28)… those COLORS! You’re like a crack dealer for socks, aren’t you??? ::laughing:::

    Knit on!

  35. Wanda

    Kewl socks! I’m so happy you finished those. I really like that pattern too. I’ve been thinking of doing some socks in that pattern soon.
    I like the skirt pattern too. I think that will be really flattering on you too.

  36. Lolly Knitting Around » Blog Archive » Convergence

    [...] Our first stop was the Tess Designer Yarns booth.  I was hoping to find another skein of the yarn that I used for my Dublin Bay socks.  However, it was not meant to be.  Instead, I came across a familiar face – lovely and smiling.  I got to meet KnitPastis!  She had emailed me and said she would only be staying for a few hours, so I sincerely hoped that our paths would cross.  They did!  [...]

  37. EP

    Cool skirt & socks too !!!

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