This project has been going on for over a year. I work on it from time to time when it is convenient - it is really easy to pack a single square, especially when I have finished the center tiles and can start the log cabin borders.
Of course, I haven't worked on it in WEEKS, despite finally ordering and receiving the extra natural colored yarn I needed for the edges. I have test knitting that is getting in the way of actually finishing any of my OWN knitting. For those of you who fantasize about knitting for a living? You will have very little knitting time for yourself. I typically take about 3 projects a year for test knitting, and at the end of each project I am so excited to get back to my OWN projects and my OWN stash I kinda promise myself to not take on another project. But I have a hard time saying no. About every three months.
So, yes. I am at the tail-end of another test knitting project. In fact, it looks like I am going to have to rip out a few inches for the second time in order to accommodate a fancy bind off. This is how I know test knitting is good for me. If it were my project I would just make do. For the designer I want to do good work. But it is actually thinking about other knitters 'out there' that I try to be super-duper careful. It is for any knitter that may knit this project in the future that I double check my stitch counts, tear out for the umpteenth-time, or decide that you know, less than 5% yarn leftover just isn't enough of a yardage allowance given that not everyone does a gauge swatch. (REALLY, YOU SHOULD DO A GAUGE SWATCH!)
So, enjoy the pretty pictures while I go rip out again and think, with the righteousness of a martyr, that what I do is for the good of every knitter.