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?


5 thoughts on “A Long Time in the Making”

  1. Ann,
    It’s beautiful! The first thing I noticed was that you use markers to divide each repeat. I almost fell over. One never thinks that Guru’s like you would be doing that. It’s the only way I can manage lace. There are times I’ve questioned if my brain is just not up to the standard and now I feel much better! I feel so much better that I’ll be one of the first to buy the Pattern when your all finished. Do you do most of your own, well, test knitting is the only way I can think to put it but I’m sure after you develop patterns you have others take a test drive. Beautiful colour, rich and warm! Good Luck, although I’m pretty sure you don’t need it! Happy Holidays as well!

  2. A beautiful color for a beautiful pattern! The name is perfect, too. I love lace projects like this that you can work on over time. They become like a treat in the midst of other projects. I think you will finish it!

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