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Monday, September 26, 2011

Poor Mr. Greenjeans

Mr. Greenjeans

In 2008 (gah!) I fell in love with Amy Swenson's sweater pattern Mr. Greenjeans.  2008!!!!  That's 3 years ago.  I decided to knit it out of one of my favorite yarns, Dream in Color Classy in the Jungle Cloud colorway.

So very pretty.  It was love at first sight.  I love the different subtle shades that appear in this colorway and I could envision myself wearing it with jeans and slacks.  I was so happy. 

This may be my most neglected UFO, and lately I'm feeling really bad about it.  It's a beautiful sweater, and the pattern is well-written.  Way back when, I tried it on and it actually fit great. 

See, my tell-tale camera even recorded the date on the picture (hanging head in SHAME).  I don't even have that much left to do.  So what is my problem???

Well, I remember the holidays hit in 2008 and it was a mad rush to put all of my knitting away and clean up the house for the holiday decorating and all of the holiday visitors.  I stuck poor Mr. Greenjeans in a project bag - or a plastic grocery bag : (  and stuffed it "somewhere." 

That was the first problem.  It went "somewhere" in the house with all of my other active and inactive projects at the time. 

Now you'd think since I was on such a roll before the holidays I would have pulled the sweater out right after the New Year and started back in on it.  Well, I didn't. 

Then in April 2009, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  A couple of surgeries followed along with chemotherapy and radiation.  That pretty much finished off 2009 and some of 2010 for me. 

Every once in awhile I'd think about Mr. Greenjeans and wonder where I'd put it.  Then my son was helping me straighten up my office in late 2010 and there it was.  We'd found Mr. G. sitting there lost and lonely.  I was so happy.  But then I looked and I was missing the rest of the yarn.  What????  Where in the heck was the rest of my Jungle Cloud DIC yarn?

Finally I found the rest of the yarn, but by then I'd once again lost the project. Thank goodness I had pictures on Ravelry to help me remember what it looked like.  sigh.

Then, after searching the house from top to bottom, I relocated the elusive Mr. G. again.  And I quickly put the yarn in the bag with it and put it in a safe place.

Well, I checked the bag and sure enough I'd "lost" the pattern.  All it would take would be to sign on to Knitty and pull up the pattern and copy it.  That brings me to a broken printer.  My printer died a most tragic and noisy death.  By the time I replaced it, I had once again lost Mr. G. and along with it the desire to knit it.  You see, I'd replaced it in my heart with about a dozen other more crucial must-do projects.  Some of which are still not finished.  Do we see a pattern emerging here?

At the knitting retreat I attended a couple of weeks ago my roommate Renny pulled out her knitting and yes, it was her own Mr. Greenjeans in a subtle pastel that's going to look great on her.  Now that's motivated and inspired me again to go on the search for the project and pattern.  Hopefully the yarn is still with the project.  If not, I'm ordering more and alternating skeins if I have to.  But I am going to finish this. 

Since I'm over 55% done, I stand a semi-decent chance of finishing this long overdue project.  I will keep you posted.


Frequent Frogger said...

I'm so happy that I inspired you to do something other than frog! Hope you can soon put your Mr. G on the Finished list. The yarn looks scrumptious--can't wait to see it in person.

josiekitten said...

It is going to look fabulous when it's finished! You can do it!!

Kat Jorgensen said...

FF, you always inspire me!

Kat Jorgensen said...

Aww, thanks, Josiekitten! I am going to make a real effort to finish this one. I'm designating this as my Tuesday Night Knitting (TNK) project. FF belongs to TNK and she will keep me on track. I can practically hear those needles clicking already.