Summer draws to a close

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, this year’s autumnal equinox will occur on September 22, at 10:49 AM Eastern Daylight Time, but for me, summer will effectively have ended when my alarm goes off tomorrow morning at 5:15.

My youngest son starts back to school, and because of a district-wide scheduling snafu with the bus routes, I got my first phone message of the school year informing me that even if I got a letter from the bus company giving me a time that the bus was expected to arrive, the school district was advising me to ignore that and have my child at the bus stop by 6:00 AM.

While a snafu of this order is not the most auspicious beginning for the school year, I am much happier to be the parent getting up at 5:15 than the bus driver who will, no doubt, be up even earlier than that and whose route may, or may not, be correctly mapped out.

So today, I spent what feels like my last true day of summer working to get something of substance done, and the something I worked on was the larger, textured triangles for my 2012 North Carolina State Fair project.

I began by making a triangle using Red Heart Super Saver magenta. Once that was made, and I compared it to a triangle I had made previously from Red Heart Super Saver Windsor blue, I noticed a problem that one of my readers who pays better attention had mentioned to me:

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The windsor blue triangle before being frogged and reworked

The Windsor blue triangle was not quite the right size. I didn’t bother to figure out what went wrong. My best guess (based on the slightly different shape and smaller size is that I made two errors. I probably used the wrong size hook, and I probably also lost a stitch in two of the corners.

With that in mind, I got out my 5.5mm hook, and as I frogged the first Windsor blue triangle, I crocheted what would be the second Windsor blue triangle. By crocheting as I frogged, I saved myself many potential tangles, and in short order, I had a new, better fitting, large, textured triangle:

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The windsor blue triangle after being frogged and reworked

Buoyed by my success, I made one triangle after another. By the end of the day, I had seven completely new triangles to go with the redone triangle.

Here is an overview:

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An overview of today’s crochet triangles

and here is a close-up that better highlights the texture:

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A detail of the eight large, textured crochet triangles

and while I will miss the long, lazy days of summer, I am also looking forward to finishing my state fair project, one stitch at a time.