Under blue skies

Last night, while I watched my beloved Durham Bulls take on the Indianapolis in the post season, I used it as an opportunity to finishing a somewhat unpleasant but necessary task — I frogged what was supposed to have been square 121. As it turned out, it wasn’t exactly “square,” and so I frogged it, and wound the yarn into a ball as I did:

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The panel frogged and ready to be reworked

There had been a rain delay, so by the time the game started, the stadium lights were on, and while the light was good enough, I had baseball fans on either side of me, which mean tI didn’t have enough room to measure. Add to that there was rain on and off after the original delay, it was not the most hospitable environment to do what amounts to precision crochet, so this morning when the first opportunity presented itself, I got started on recrocheting the first panel I had completed.

I often tell myself that if something is worth crocheting once, it is worth crocheting twice, and that gets me through those moments that I find that the four thousand or so stitches I have crocheted will not do, and I must start over.

So start over I did. Here is the progress I had made before I set out on the day’s errands:

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Reworking the square 121

and here I was with square 31:

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Where I was this morning

After snapping these photos I embarked on a series of errands meant to prepare me and my family for whatever Irma (and the Jose) will be bringing our way. Several hours later I returned home with plenty of goods and groceries to see me through either Irma, Jose, or state fair season, so while I would have loved to have spent the entire day on my back deck under these glorious blue skies, I didn’t get my wish until mid-afternoon:

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The late afternoon sky over Raleigh, North Carolina

With so much of the day gone, I did my best not to be distracted by the scenery around me, but instead focused on the crochet in front of me, and while I took numerous breaks to measure and check my gauge, I did make progress, adding almost 5 rows to square 121:

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My progress on Square 121 shortly before sunset

as well as finishing six more rows of square 31, and getting a start on the 7th:

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Crocheting large squares en plein air

Now that most of my storm preparations are completed, tomorrow, I will be able to work more of the day moving forward the only way possible: one stitch at a time.

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