This is a knitting first for me. I've never knitted a skirt before, though I've wanted to make this since it first came out in the HK Fall/ Winter collection. Back then, I decided to do the shorts instead. So now I'm back to the New Girl skirt and I'm surprised at how fast it's knitting up.
What you're seeing is just an afternoon's work on it, and that's after I did some figuring and reduced the cast on stitches because I cannot knit at a small enough gauge. I am also using dk weight instead of sport. It sounds crazy since I'd normally want to knit the second size, but I have tried it on and it does, indeed, fit. Since then I've made it past the pocket separation.
You can see I'm not a fan of finishing, so I've just folded my waistband over the elastic and knit the top stitches together with the corresponding stitches on my needle. I didn't knit the last few edge stitches with the ones on the needle to leave a little hole for adjusting the elastic before seaming it all up. If my elastic ever gets stretched or just isn't working, I guess I can always undo those few seamed stitches and correct it.
Now, if I splice my ends together as I work, I will havel almost no finishing to do. Check out my constant companion on the couch:
This is going so fast, I feel certain I'll be able to finish before the end of the KAL. I wish we'd have one more cool evening so I can wear it without being completely ridiculous, sweating in a wool skirt and tights.
Now, if I can finish Julep Jacket, Drift's Ridge, and Twenty Ten, all of my winter goals will have been completed. Is it weird that I know that will free up mental space. It will also help me clear out the overstuffed knitting basket. The last two sweaters I mentioned are not far from completion at all, I just got a little side tracked by knitalongs.
I was pretty bummed about my gauge issues with Drift's Ridge and that re-knitting it meant I wouldn't get to wear it at all this winter, but just having it completed and perfect (hopefully) for next Fall will ease my disappointment. Then I'll be free to follow the siren song of new linen and cotton collections. Guys I have a growing list of summer knits I want to make. Do you?