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Hey guys...I knit! The story behind this phenomenon will arrive soon. It's a disjointed, yet strangely connected story and bound to make no sense, but I'm all about the nonsensical.

Anyway, I wanted to share a project I started a few months ago, slowly progressed on and just finished. I fell in love with Game of Thrones. From there on out, I've been addicted. Not just the cinematography, but all of the parallel storylines and momentous interactions. I knew that one of my first projects when I got back into knitting had to be a coat of armor.

Yes - I knew this was going to be a feat. I knew it would take many months and that my effort may be completely useless because I wasn't using a pattern. I was making it up as I went. At first, it was endearing knowing that I was going to make something completely from scratch with no plan. Later on, I realized that I may not have needed a pattern, but a plan would've been nice...

After finishing two panels - front and back - I switched the project to circular needles so that I could finish it off in the round. Difficulty level was high because of two cats watching me - waiting to pounce!

I took it on road trips. I knitted at others' houses. I even knit at a gamer's bar in Milwaukee (42 Lounge). After all the traveling this project had done and the fact that the season finale of Game of Thrones was coming up, I finally decided that I was going to call it Beyond the Wall Armor.

While naming the project happened naturally, the finishing of the project happened haphazardly. After "completing" my last row of garter stitch, I realized that the top section (from where I joined in the round until the end) was absolutely humungous! Way larger than I expected! Now I was torn between two evils - frogging the section that I knit in the round and starting back at halfway or saying, "Screw it...I'll just rock it like this!" Of course just rocking it would've been easier, but if I don't love it, why did I make it in the first place?

I've decided. I'll be frogging half of this project and starting again. I can't half ass something that's meant to be so bad ass! This week, I've not been feeling the greatest, but what pairs with misery better than more misery, right? Once it's finished, I'll feel much better about it, but in the meantime I'll be growling at it while it mocks me.

I'll let you guys know how it goes. If you have any tips or tricks on the best methods of frogging a project, let me know. First knitted hat series to be released soon, so keep an eye out!