Must. knit. faster!

I had a nice e-mail exchange with my pal last night, and she gave me some information about the socks: she confirmed that the socks are knit out of Cascade Fixation (love it!), and that she used the Knitting at KNoon Garden Partie pattern (again, love it!). Thanks again, pal!

Today will be a quick post – let me show you the progress I’ve made on the Egyptian dress, which has been consuming 95% of my knitting time (due July 7th, yikes!).

I completed the slit, and am now working in the round. Have I made it abundantly clear that I think Annie‘s designs are the most clever ones out there right now?!? I thought so. Observe how seamless the pattern appears in the round. No jog, the eyelets appear as elsewhere, it’s just amazing!

Ignore the mess at the top of the slit – it isn’t finished yet.

I’m once again carrying the light yellow in the back while working with other colros. I’ve found that it’s now more invisible and easier to execute than before, I think because there isn’t an intarsia-ed (making up words) border to worry about anymore.

Somewhere around mid-thigh, the stitch pattern is modified for modesty – the eyelets are closed in the most clever fashion, with no immediate and obvious interruption.

Love it!

To give you an idea of how far along I am, here I hold up the work up to my body:

So much completed, but so much more to go! All other projects on hold, except when I need something portable. Better get moving!


41 thoughts on “Must. knit. faster!

  1. Ashley

    That is clever–I would nevereverever wear a knitted skirt, but if I did, it would definitely be one with eyelets that closed up at the thigh.

    Glad you had a good chat with your pal!

  2. Erin

    That’s a tremendous amount of knitting (or so it seems to me-working on my first sweater!). It will be fun to see how exactly it turns out. I love the idea of the dress.

  3. mari

    It’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see it completed. And your socks are so lovely, I’m glad to see you received them. πŸ™‚

  4. Savida

    The dress looks gorgeous! I’ve been lurking for a long time, but this was so beautiful I had to comment.

    Thanks for your many detailed posts about all your projects – I have learned a lot from this blog!

  5. Linda

    I am drooling! That is so beautiful; a fabulous design and very professional knitting job πŸ™‚

  6. Kenny

    Fantabulous!!!!! For my project, definitely the ingenious double slip stitch edging, I cord cast on and I cord bind off! I’m almost done! Go Grumperina Go!!!!

  7. rene

    That dress is looking fabulous! I like the picture of it held up to you- you can really get a good idea of how it will look on the model. (And it will look fabulous!) I love the slight variagation in the colors. Here’s hoping it still smells yummy. πŸ™‚

  8. stephanie

    Wow – talk about a marathon knit. I’m loving watching the progress – but I’m glad it’s you knitting it & not me. πŸ™‚

  9. Dove

    Don’t you hate having deadlines for KNITTING? I do…

    It sure is beautiful, though. Those colors together are to die for, and the pattern makes the most of them. The seamless construction must be nice! And I do love how she took out the eyelets higher up the leg; most designers would have just left them, leaving the knitter with an unwearable dress or a pending slip hunt.

  10. jess

    wow! that is looking great! πŸ™‚

    annie is a fantastic designer, she just has the best methods and innovations in how she puts things together! I really love that aspect of her designs.

    [and so: why haven’t you made more of her other designs, for example the silk corset? πŸ˜‰ ]

  11. Michelle

    I really like your sock pal socks. I had no idea Fixation looked so nice in lace! At the though where the eyelets close, does the circumference get a little smaller? Are there increases? Annie amazes me. I went to a LYS to feel that silk yarn and I loved it.

  12. Sue F.

    That dress is going to be spectacular when it’s done. The socks are to die for, too!

  13. AmyP

    Whilst personally I could never imagine wearing a knitted dress, I can appretiate the skill involved in designing (and knitting) one!

  14. Kat

    I’ve got every sympathy for you – I’m currently knitting my third enormous (12ft+) scarf on commission and to be honest it’s a pain in the proverbial. The first one was fun (oooh! I’m knitting for money!), the second was a drag, and the third is torture. At least you have a great pattern to work from. I just have to knit another 7 ft of garter stitch stripes. Eeeeh.

    Love your blog by the way.

  15. Isela

    The dress is coming along wonderfully…the deadline is just around the corner, but we all know you are a speed demon :). The idea of having the eyelets closed by the leg is genious!

  16. lorinda

    Although I could never squeeze my hour-and-a-half glass figure into that dress (the chevron stripes would be horizontal lines), I love it with all my heart. You and Annie rock my world.

  17. Becky

    Your sock pal came through with some REALLY CUTE socks. They make me want to become a sock knitter. (Well, almost. I’d become a sock knitter if I could get away with just knitting one and not the pair.)

  18. Tania

    I have got to say, though I don’t know if I’d ever wear such a dress .. at least not till I lose my weight again .. I -love- the autumnal colors in it, and it seems like a simply lovely pattern.

    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  19. Mary K. in Rockport

    You can SO see the jogs – a litttle bit. Ok, that was ungracious of me so I should add “it’s gorgeous.”

  20. anne

    hi kathyβ€”ihave been working on a skirt that is somewhat simialr to that dress! in my ne favorite yarn, classic silk, for which you graciously shared washing info with me.

    anyway, just wanted to tell you that i am having a little trouble getting to your website from newsgator. i can get to each post ok, but if i click on the name of your site, it takes me to a blank web page. same thing happens when i go to your homebase page for your site; if i click on the blog, it goes nowhere. you said you moved some stuff around a little while back, and wanted feedback, so there you go! it’s no biggie, but i thought you might want to know. (i am running firefox on a mac)

  21. Laura

    Fabulous. Stunning. Simply gorgeous. Love those ripples. Colors are lovely. Can you tell I like it? Let me know when it’s done. I’ll come and steal it right out of your closet. LOL

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