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. I had intended for it to be my 2015 state fair entry, but in the blink of an eye, it was transformed into my 2016 state fair piece.
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.