Have template, will travel

One thing I love about staying at home is that it is easy to get my crochet work done.

I have all of my hooks, a vast assortment of yarns, a library of books, and a place to work.

But sometimes, I find it necessary to leave my house, and when I do, I take my crochet with me, and while I waited in an airport this morning with a two hour layover before the second leg of a flight home, I was glad I had brought something with me.

While my 2015/2016/2017/2018 state fair afghan is my current front burner crochet project, it is not airport friendly. There are too many colors for me to organize and too many small pieces that I could lose, so even through the light at an airport tends to be excellent, I needed something else for my travels, and that something else ended up being two squares of the Olek Love Across the USA installation that is going up in Raleigh this weekend.

I had told the point person for the project that if she needed any help toward the end, I would be able to assist after October 9, and it turned out that she had a couple of things for me to work on.

In any kind of a large scale project, there are always loose ends to be tidied up as the deadline approaches. As it happened, there were people who found themselves unable to finish the squares they had wanted to make, and I offered to do what I could to help get them done.

In addition to enlisting the aid of my neighbor to work on a solid pink square, I took on three squares, two of which I needed to start from scratch, and a third which needed a bit of frogging and recrocheting.

I got the one that needed a bit of frogging done on my travels to my destination. Today, however, as I made my way home, I found myself with two square still in need of work.

This solid pink square to-be:

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A future solid pink double crochet square

and this orange and pink square to-be:

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A future orange and pink double crochet square

At this point, both squares looked pretty similar, the only difference being that I had made more progress on the orange and pink square, but when it came right down to it, it was easier to work in just one color so for the time that remained in the airport, and the time that there was on the flight, I worked exclusively on the solid pink square, and while I had made no progress on the orange and pink square:

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The future orange and pink double crochet square shortly before sunset

I had made substantive progress on the solid pink square:

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The future solid pink double crochet square shortly before sunset

One huge advantage of a project like this with a limited palette and pre-determined colors is that it is possible to continue to work into the night, and that, my dear readers, is exactly what I will do, moving forward one stitch at a time.

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