I was starting to feel a bit like Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day, all “this black/white/grey is NEVER. GOING. TO. END” but now that I’ve unfurled it, I can see just how much I’ve finished.

At some point in the last section, I mis-counted and lost 7 rows somewhere but nobody would ever be able to tell because it didn’t affect the overall image that much, if at all.

My technique is solidifying, too. I didn’t really have a plan when I started, except to do all of one color in a given section before moving on. I originally started out doing the black outline bit first but that wasn’t working out very well so I switched to doing half-stitches of a whole section and then going back and crossing them all. That works fine for me, usually, but I didn’t like the way it looked so what I’m doing now is vertical lines. Half-stitches down, crosses back up. It looks neater to me and helps keep track of things a lot better. We’ll see how it goes when I’m doing parts that are more intricate than these giant bands of grey/white, but for now, it’s moving along.

The other thing that’s helping is that these pattern pages aren’t full pages of design. There is plenty of white space on each side so I can complete pages relatively quickly. It’s like the beginning of a game where you level up pretty fast, but then it slows down and takes eleventy billion XP to level up again. I’m just about down to the hilt of the sword (one more set of pages and I’ll be there), so things are about to get really interesting, but I’m happy with it and my progress so far.

People keep asking me why I’m doing this and my answers are never good. Mostly, it’s because Voltron is cool and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a decade. My husband was like, “couldn’t you just get a tattoo?” I may still do that, but for now, I’m stabbing this fabric over and over and over and over again.