In the weeks prior to the deadline for the state fair, the project I had hoped to enter consumed my days. As soon as I had breakfast eaten and walked my dog, I would start work on the project, and it would fill every available minute of the day.
Now that the deadline has passed, I am working on the project at a more leisurely pace while trying to get caught up on my non-crochet life, but despite my more modest crochet schedule this weekend I manage to weave in and trim the last end for the 176 one-round granny squares that form the foundation of the “clock panel.”
Here is how it looks without the clock:
and here is how it looks with the element that defines it: a crochet replica of a clock that was given as a wedding gift to my grandparents:
With the clock panel now as done as I can get it while I ruminate on what details to include and which to leave out, I then turned my attention to the second long-stemmed water tumbler panel, and while I did not finish it entirely, I did make measurable progress:
At the rate I am going, my goal of finishing this by the end of October is looking more than a little bit optimistic, but it does seem to confirm that some projects simply cannot be contained by a schedule and will reveal themselves as they see fit.