Blanket of the Edge of Forever

I might rename my blog to “Projects My Cats Sit On.” I wanted to admire my progress on this project so I spread it out on the floor. Almost immediately Loki strolled into the the center of it, surveyed the project, found a spot he liked, and made himself comfortable.

cat sitting on almost done blanket

It was easier to let him sit there than it was to move him to try to get a cat free picture. He would just whine then move back. I know I’m biased but I think this picture looks better with a cat in it. An unfinished blanket is a bit boring to look at. Maybe his cuteness will distract from the all the ends sticking out.

This blanket is almost done. I have to pick up and knit the border on the left side, weave in all the ends and wash it. I started this project January 2013 and I will be able to finish it by the end of the month. It is a fun project to work on in the winter but pretty miserable to work on in the summer.  While procrastinating knitting this I did some math. This project will contain about 260,000 stitches. I have about 3,400 stitches left.

I am going to end up using approximately 3,250 yards (1.8 miles) of yarn. However the yarn was the cheap part of the project. I am using Knit Picks Brava sport that I bought on sale. The cost of the yarn + pattern was around $30. Labor is the expensive part of this project, it’s going to take me about 135 hours to complete this. There are 100 square and they each took about 1 hour to knit. The border is going to take about 20 hours. Finishing – weaving in the ends, washing and lightly blocking this is going to take another 15 hours.

If I make this again I will use smaller squares. Did I mention I bought enough yarn to make two of these? The second was will be rainbow colored.

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