Earlier this week I bound off the last stitch on my Miss Holloway (Raveled) dress. What a relief! I thought it would never end. All that purling!
When I cast on for this dress, I asked in an internet forum about whether anyone had knit this in the round. As if on cue, a seaming enthusiast came out of the woodwork to tell me “oh, the designer usually makes things in the round, and seams stabilize a garment, and you should really knit this flat because of reasons”. And, well, those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by someone doing it.
To replicate seams I slipped the stitches on the far left and right of each side. I worked the traveling cables with 12 rows between them. Instead of bust darts, I did work a “butt vent” — a series of short rows over, well, the obvious part of my anatomy, to accomodate my swayback. Because of the cable placement I worked the increases and decreases close to the side “seams”.
I knit this from worsted weight yarn, which is heavier than what Sarah Wilson used in her samples. This meant that I had to knit the XS size. I had to rip back the back neckline a few times to get the right width. The only thing I don’t love about this is that I have a slight dropped shoulder with the sleeves. Apart from that, I love this dress.
I have no fewer than three WIPs going, four if you count the Nachtfalder for which I swatched yesterday. One of my WIPs is for a swap, and I can’t show it to you yet. As for the other two…
So this is the Sangria Shrug. If this hadn’t outgrown my bag I might have have finished it by now. I’m on the second button band and should finish this tonight or tomorrow. Hoping for an FO in time for FO Friday…
I started the first sleeve on Saturday while watching Science is Fiction, a series of short films from the 1920s that Yo La Tengo scored. This is temporarily on the back burner while I complete the shrug, but I should have this done in time for next Friday!
Remember back when I basically had a FO every Friday? Yeah, that was awesome. I’m still elbow-deep in WIPs, with seemingly no end in sight.
Working on Miss Holloway. Still. Every time I pull her out of my WIP tote, I feel a sense of despair. Thoughts run through my mind like: “This? Still?” and “How much more reverse stockinette can one girl knit?” I tried this on the other night, right before I started working on the current cable, and it was a non-indecent length. The good news is that after two days of working this cable repeat (see also: despair at purling this %$#@&^?!! thing), I’m almost done with that part of it. My goal is to complete this in time for the happy solstice fun times at the Peabody Museum.
With my other project, I am delighted to report that I am less than ten pattern repeats from completing it. The sad news is, I can’t post an image for at least another week. I’m working on a swap package for the lovely and talented Tiff Van Goethem. Our theme is movies adapted from books, and I learned through internet stalking that we share an enthusiasm for a certain series of books. This pattern comes from an ebook inspired by that series. My goal today is to complete five pattern repeats today and five tomorrow so I can get this in the mail by Friday.
Orange (well, silver-based coral) and teal. How very cinematic of me.