A Long Time in the Making

Way back in May (I think), I started working on a wrap that I’ve tentatively called the Rumpelstiltskin Wrap because the idea solidified while I was teaching at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns in New York and because I chose to knit it in a lovely golden color of laceweight yarn.

To begin, I knitted a swatch to make sure I liked the combination of stitch pattern, yarn (Scrumptious Lace by Fyberspates; 45% silk, 55% merino), and needles (size U.S. 4).

Rumplestiltskin swatchI liked what I saw, so I cast on 120 stitches and got started.

Progress 1 on RumplestiltskinThis became my travel project because it promised lots (and lots) of knitting from just one skein of yarn. Did I mention that the skein has 1093 yards (1000 meters)?

I knitted while waiting to board planes at airports.

Progress 2 on RumplestiltskinAnd I knitted while cramped in narrow seats on planes taking me to far parts of the country and even farther parts of the world.

Progress 3 on RumplestiltskinMonths have passed, and I’m still knitting. Recently, though, the ball of yarn has started to show signs of shrinking.

Progess 4 on RumplestiltskinThe piece is so long that I tie it into a ball to prevent it from twisting on my lap as I knit.

Progress 5 on RumplestiltskinMy design calls for the piece to be 76″ (193 cm) long. I think I’m about three-quarters of the way now but it keeps being set aside for projects with more immediate deadlines.

Ever the optimist, I still have hopes of finishing it by New Year’s Eve! Want to place any bets?