I didn't time how long it took me to cut my steeks, but it was at least half an hour.
One strand at a time is definitely the way to go.
But, success! Nothing has fallen apart, and Moor has been transformed from this rather sorry looking bag-like thing:
Into a recognisably vest-like object:
Next up: shoulder seams. And edgings.
Moor is providing me with the most entertainment and relaxation recently. I'm not forging ahead at super-productive knitterly rates, but I have completed the first repeat of the pattern:
…and I estimate that I will need to complete slightly more than one more repeat before I start the neck steek. After that, it should positively *fly* along, because the neck is quite wide and deep.
Last time I was doing stranded colourwork, it was a real race against the clock to finish in time for Christmas. In fact, I didn't quite manage it, but it was such a focused effort that I even kept a spreadsheet to track my progress against the necessary stitches-per-day for success. I do like a challenge, particularly if other people think it's 'impossible', but this time, I get to relax and really *enjoy* it. And I find it remarkably difficult to put down. "Just one more row" is so compelling when each row is slightly different. And even though I'm knitting in the round at a relatively small gauge, the rows don't seem to take all that long to complete.
The few 'rest' rows, which are only one colour, fly by.
I foresee more of these kinds of projects in my future.