eleven months, 45,936 stitches

 

November 13, 2014- the yarn arrived. 

December 26, 2014- working on the third color.

January 1, 2015- working on the gorgeous light pink color. 

February 8, 2015

February 24, 2015- most of my photos look like this- pjs, knitting, and Gilmore Girls. Not many photos exist between this one and August because I was finishing up my Masters degree and had less time for knitting. 

August 9, 2015- I just HAD to include this. One of my favorite scenes in the whole series- Lorelai eating chocolate syrup-covered marshmallows!!

September 21, 2015- finally on the last color, a bright yellow green. 

September 27, 2015- the night I finished Gilmore Girls; wrap and tissues present

October 16, 2015- the morning I finished the wrap. 

November 22, 2015- wearing the wrap for the first time

Eleven months. That is how long it took me to knit and purl the 45,936 stitches in this wrap. I first spotted the Seed Stitch Wrap in Worsted Twist in September of 2013 on the Purl Bee blog. I fell in love with the colors of the wrap, the texture of the stitches, and the simplicity of the pattern. Just 99 stitches per row, alternating between knit and purl. I would visit the blog often to just admire the photos and dream of making my own wrap one day. 

Then, last November, the Purl Bee put up a crocheted baby blanket pattern. I don't crochet, but I was immediately struck by the yarn colors that were used in the blanket. I thought of the wrap once again and realized that if I ordered the blanket yarn kit and added one extra color, I could make the wrap. The decision was hard for me- Purl has amazing materials and they come with an amazing price tag. I remember exactly where I was when I justified it all- sitting in a Starbucks with my best friend, the holiday season just starting.  

A few days later, the yarn arrived. I started the wrap on or around November 15, 2014 (thanks Ravelry, for reminding me of such things). As I cast on the first row of stitches, I streamed the first episode of Gilmore Girls. The show had recently been added, in its entirety, to Netflix. Since this was going to be a very easy (read, boring) knit, I needed something to keep me entertained throughout the process. I watched so many hours of Gilmore Girls while making this wrap that the two are now eternally linked to one another. 

This October, on the 16th, I finished the wrap. I nearly cried. I poured many, many hours into this wrap and while at times it was boring, I loved the knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl, knit combination. It turned out exactly as I envisioned.