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June 22, 2006

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!

Posted by Kathy on June 22, 2006 05:36 PM


Look fabulous...she is so smart. You are doing a fantastic job on it.

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!

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.

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. :)

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!

I am drooling! That is so beautiful; a fabulous design and very professional knitting job :)

Are you knitting a big jaywalker for the whole body? It looks gorgeous :)

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!!!!

I love thow the eyelets close up. You're making awesome progress. Keep it up!

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. :)

Wow - talk about a marathon knit. I'm loving watching the progress - but I'm glad it's you knitting it & not me. :)

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.

wow! that is looking great! :)

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? ;) ]

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.

Thanks for sharing the source for the pattern. Love the looks of the sock!!!

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

Wow the dress is amazing! I love the color combinations & the pattern is just fabulous!!

Will you marry me?

OMG can I come to the wedding?


Oh my! That skirt is so wonderful! Nice socks too!

The dress looks lovely. What a time investment!

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

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.

Gorgeous. But July 7th is coming up quickly! How did that happen?

The dress is amazing. The stitchwork inspired. You and Annie are both enormously talented.

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!

that is truly impressive!

Model! Model! Model!

I love how vibrant the skirt colors are!

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.

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.)

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!

You can SO see the jogs - a litttle bit. Ok, that was ungracious of me so I should add "it's gorgeous."

hi kathy—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)

That is awesome! That is one clever designer I tell you!

Very clever details. Thanks for sharing them.

I like the attention to detail of the way the eyelets close up. LOVELY.

You dear Grumperina must be the most productive knitter ever, and the perfect details! Envy all over my face.

Did you see this one?
Free pattern from Garnstudio - kind of reminds you of the egyptian thing, doesn't it??

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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