and a close up:
Any mistakes in the close up are due to blocking not having been done; since the deadly clue 4 I have frogged out mistakes and kept everything lined up.
Clue 8 was quite comfortingly simple and only 8 rows (well, they're around 700-750 stitches each row, but still, psychologically it's a benefit). One can only hope clue 9 continues in the same vein.
I'm quite happy. Now I have tonight to teach a beginning knitting class and Wed and Thurs to complete clue 2 of Slow Bee II!