i crossed the finish line with time to spare! the left-overs vest is complete. i am happy.
it turned out better than i anticipated, loved using my special yarn (which was a delight to knit with=must buy more) and found a great shirt in the clearance aisle of bj's that matches perfectly.
now to only have warmer weather to wear it. i will admit that i was not horribly challenged by the design of the project. knitting was very straightforward, directions easy to understand. the challenge was to carve the time out of my life to complete the thing. so for this, i humbly accept the gold!