Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Work In Progress Wednesday v.53

Hi again!

Sorry I've been MIA for so long, this year is just stupid crazy and I can't seem to get out from under the wheels of the bus.  So...

When last we spoke, Mr. Right and I were starting 2 weeks of No Contact in our counseling quest to decide if we'll get married or call it quits.  I was doing pretty okay with that,  well... better than expected, anyway.  On Sunday, I went over to our friend A.'s house so he could do some maintenance work on my yard.  I was feeling awfully proud of myself for getting it done, too.  I hate spending free time doing stuff to the car.  Anyway, he fiddled with it for a while and then I drove home, all excited about how happy my car sounded.  I was about 2 miles from home when the car died while I was going 70 mph.  Dang.

I called A. and asked him to call Mr. Right to see if this counted as one of our "emergency contact" situations.  (Mr. Right knows my car inside out, having put a new engine into it last year).  Our friend is *dying* for us to end up together, so he called Mr. Right and told him I was stuck and he needed to come get me.  No explanations or anything.  He's sneaky, that one.

Anyway, long story not-so-short, Mr. Right came to rescue me, and we spent the next 5 days seeing each other every day to "work on the car".  I'm hopeless.  Then he drove me to the airport so I could go visit some old friends in Tahoe for the weekend (super fun!), and picked me up last night.  It was lovely, but all of it earned us another week of not talking to each other, since we thoroughly cheated our way through the last one.  Sigh.  I guess it's a good sign that we hate being apart, right? 

But I did more than just cheat on my counseling assignment over the last two weeks.  I also knitted the Vest From Hell some more.  It's all together now, just adding the trim around the front, then the shawl collar and the armbands.  It's getting close.  (Sorry about the sideways pics -- for some reason I'm not allowed to rotate them today.  Hmmph.)  See?IMG_2359
Hopefully, it doesn't look dreadful on me when it's all finished.  When I started working on it, I was afraid it would be too small.  Now it sort of swallows me up, but it's still hard to tell how it will look once all the trim is in place.  I'm trying to keep an open mind.

And, since I was traveling, I needed a smaller project to tote along on the plane.  I *finally* pulled the Hedgerow Socks out of hibernation, with different yarn, and started on them again. 
They're cool, but they're awfully loud in this red, and though it looked like a pretty solid color in the skein, it's doing a crazy stripedy thing in the sock.  Don't get me wrong, I'm generally a HUGE supporter of anything striped, but it's not really working for me in this pattern.  I'm on the fence.  What say ye, WIPW'ers?  Keep on trucking or head for the frog pond?  Share your thoughts, please.  I'm a huge disaster at making decisions these days.

Vacation was nice.  If I'd remembered to actually take any pictures, I'd share them with you right about here.  Suffice to say I spent 4 days at a house near Donner Lake, hanging out with good friends, playing Bananagrams, canoeing, knitting and reading.  Ooh!  And we went to a fabulous dinner at the Cottonwood.  If you're ever in the vicinity of Truckee, CA... I can't recommend it enough.  Yum. 

I also (with loads of help from the World's Greatest Neighbor) stained my back fence last weekend.  It turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself. 
Good thing I like the color, as it ended up on my shirt, and in my hair... and on my legs...
For those of you keeping track, that's two WIPs and one vacation in the last two weeks.  Not bad considering I spent the previous few weeks curled up in the fetal position. 

Now go check out the other WIPW entries (all one zillion of them) and see what everyone else is up to!


  1. Wow, what a busy time you've had! That vest looks really neat; I can't wait to see it finished. I personally like the can always send them to me if they don't turn out the way you want. ;) But seriously, if you don't like them, I say forget ''s too short to knit stuff you don't like (unless you're gifting it).

    I hope things turn out well for you and Mr. Right!

  2. I love the socks (and am a little jealous as my sock project ground to a resounding halt a few weeks ago) Keep at them I say!

    All the best x

  3. me again, just read back a bit over some of your posts and have seen your whole Mr Right issue. :( Poor you.
    nearly 2 years ago I had a (enforced by him!) trial separation that lasted 3 months (i agree with the weightloss thing!)
    but we sorted it all out and understood eachother much better for it. We're definitely back on. It was REALLY hard while it lasted -trust me, i feel your pain!- but worth it in the long run.
    Good luck with all of it. xxxx

  4. From my monitor it looks like the socks and vest match. Life is too short to work on projects you don't like.

    I hope things work out for you.

    I've stuck under wheels of another bus, so I can commiserate with you.

  5. I love the sock and am fully in support of that yarn doing whatever it wants to do - life's too short for boring socks!

    Hope things go well for you and Mr. Right

  6. YAY, it sounds like you and Mr Right are headed in the right direction. I'll continue to keep my fingers (and legs and arms) crossed for you guys.

    I'm with Heather. I like the socks a lot, but if they bug you too much, frog them. I personally wouldn't, but if it's going to keep you from using them or gifting them, they need to go to the big pond in the sky. ;)

  7. Everything looks great. I like the sock but if you don't love it I say frog it.

  8. I'm glad that you are getting everything worked out. Still thinking of you and hoping for you. I'm happy that you are knitting steadily. Good luck with your week of no contact.

  9. I like the socks, actually, I don't think they're too loud! And the texture looks wonderful.

    And I have high hopes for both the Vest From Hell (which is looking beautiful) and you and Mr. Right. :)

  10. P.S. The banana-oatmeal waffles I made (which turned out delicious, the oatmeal makes them really chewy, yum) are from the Vegan With a Vengeance cookbook, but I found it reproduced online here. :) I did mine without raisins and ate them with sliced strawberries on top.

  11. Beautiful colour and yarn. Am sure that you will be finished soon.

  12. Those socks are beautiful! They will go great with jeans. The striping doesn't seem noticeable, but that may just be my computer.

    I hope you and Mr. Right are able to work things out.

  13. Sounds like positive movement, even though you have to separate again. Best wishes! I say, keep going on the sock. I love it!

  14. Hi! I think the socks look great. The stitch pattern is absolutely lush. I think socks are the perfect thing to wear in loud colours. It's a bit like wearing a bright orange bra under a sedate outfit - very rebellious ; ) And hey, I think the colour might go well with your new hair... and leg colour LOL
    I'm a little in shock that I might get to see that vest on an FO Friday soon. Can't wait!
    Glad to hear the last couple weeks have gone a little better. I've been sending good wishes in your absence. I hope you got them.

  15. glad to hear that you have unfurled yourself from the fetal it any wonder that the word fetal is one letter away from fatal???

  16. got to tell you, your vest from hell looks way better than the one on the pattern page: lovely color too :)

  17. Good luck with Mr Right and the trial. I think the vest looks gorgeous. Socks are my least favorite thing to knit so i'm in awe of anyone that makes them.

  18. I love the socks, don't frog them. The stripes are noice :D