I have an important announcement.
I have finished my Stepping Stone Throw.
This has been the fastest blanket of my lifetime of knitting blankets. I found it hard to stop knitting on it. One more rectangle, one more tier, one more triangle, and poof! It was done.
I toted this project with me everywhere—trains, planes, and automobiles, a college concert hall and a symposium. I’m stubborn, so the project had grown long past any reasonable definition of “portable knitting” by the time I finally stopped port-ing it and stayed home.
To give you a sense of the scale, this is the last picture I took of the Stepping Stone on the needles.
Monday night, I stayed up until 2 a.m. finishing it, having a fabulous time. Finishing the ending row of triangles and weaving in all the ends took me precisely 6 episodes of Annika. (Nicola Walker as a quirky detective with a complicated love life—again!)
The mighty power of a quick steam block took my throw from a Ruffle to a Pringle in no time:
I can’t wait to see it all clean and relaxed after a soak in the Soak—it will be as flat as a sheet of typing paper.
The Knitter’s Stopwatch
For the Timed Knitting crowd (you know who you are), this blanket clocks in at around 72 hours of pure fun knitting time. Want to see my back-of-the blanket math? There are 60 rectangles, clocking in at approximately 1 hour each. There are 24 triangles at approximately 30 minutes each. That adds up to 72, plus an hour or two of weaving in ends. There are not many of them, but they do add up! I’m impressed at myself for getting in 2 full work weeks of knitting time, on top of my actual work weeks!
It folds nice and square.
Now that it’s finished, I don’t know for what or for whom this blanket is destined. I made it for the sheer joy of knitting it, and despite its generous size, I’m still a long way from getting entrelac out of my system.
Entrelac is such an incredible technique for building a big piece of fabric—a proper Textile—without getting bored. Seamless, modular, memorizable, and endlessly adaptable—it’s My Kind of Knitting.
What’s next? A Scrap Tote, surely—I happen to have some scraps!