Posted by: loungekitten | June 5, 2009

The Project That Never Seems To End

If you look at my project page in Ravelry, you’d see that there are a lot of candidates for the title mentioned above.  But the one I’m currently knitting constantly is for my sister’s and brother-in-law’s wedding gift, the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket that’s mostly in their wedding colors – at least as close as I could get to their palette in one yarn.  The blocks are so small to start, and I feel as though I’m making progress, but as the blocks get bigger there suddenly seems to be no end in sight.

Moderne Log Cabin Blanket In Progress

Moderne Log Cabin Blanket In Progress

That picture above is a picture of the blanket in progress, after the completion of block 7.  There are nine blocks that make up the blanket.  I am currently working on block 9, and it is a bear!  First of all, the ninth block is really two separate blocks, basically worked as two really wide intarsia stripes.  So, I’ve got who knows how many stitches in two dark colors on the needles – I must have close to 300 stitches on the needle!  Secondly, these two blocks are the longest blocks in the blanket – and it was already a pretty good-sized blanket before the last block was started.  I think this last block might just make up a third of the body of the blanket.

I’m getting to the point of this post – the math.  I just picked up the stitches and for this last block and started knitting, no looking back.  Because I knew if was going to take approximately forever to get through this last block.  I’ve been having nonstop knitting marathons over the last week or two, mostly because I want to finish this thing before it gets too hot to handle.  As it is, I can only stand to have the thing on my lap for an hour or two before I have to throw it off of me because I’m sweating.

But I have knit 45 garter ridge rows, and I can almost smell the finish line on these blocks.  I don’t want to sleep, work, or anything so I can finish this blanket.  So, according to the pattern, 99 garter ridge rows need to be knit in the gauge specified by the pattern in order to complete the last squares.  That is 198 rows of knitting.  At a pattern gauge of 11 rows per inch, that means the length of the blocks is 18 inches.  The row gauge of the yarn I am using is 8 rows per inch, so in order to knit 18 inches in the yarn I’m using, I need to knit (8 rows/inch * 18 inches) 144 rows, which is 72 garter ridge rows.

Darn it!  I have 27 more garter ridges left to knit.  54 more rows to knit.  I mean, I love knitting but sometimes an apparent lack of progress can really get to me.

Of course once I finish this last block, I need to knit a border on it!

And thus, my lack of progress on any of my other projects is explained.

A note to my fellow knitters in the Borders Saxby’s Wednesday night knitting group: add another Wednesday night on to the string of Wednesday nights I won’t be able to make it to the group.  On the 17th I am going to a going-away dinner for a PA that is leaving our ER.  I briefly debated not going to the dinner, but this happens to be the PA I asked to write a recommendation letter for my PA school application last year – and he obliged.  I really feel I need to go to the dinner.  So I was working this past Wednesday night, will be working next Wednesday night, and then the following Wednesday is the dinner.  Three weeks in a row is too long to go without seeing my knitting peeps!  Anyone want to meet on another evening for an extra knit night?  (I’ll post the request on Ravelry, too.)

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