I Don’t Want No Scrubs

It was a helluva week at work.
All my pent-up rage and frustration was put to good use – I stuck pins in things, I cut things up and I knit up a storm.
And there was some retail therapy too.

Where shall I begin?
I finished my Caesious Curl, out of Highland Handmades Sugar Maple Sock yarn in the Fruju colourway.  It is blocking now.

I reserved enough of the yarn to make a square for my late lamented Barn Raising Quilt.
I started this project in November 2009.
No, that is not a typo.  8 squares knitted in 5 years. – what a speed demon!
All the cool kids are making Barn Raising Squares right now.  Let’s see how long they stick at it, eh? ;)

This yarn is so  lovely I wanted to make sure I used every last scrap.
I have been working steadily on my second Neon Monkey sock.  I am saving the final push for the hospital waiting room on Tuesday.
The smell of the finish line was my excuse for buying another skein of Regia self-patterning sock yarn.

If you haven’t come across Arne and Carlos’s limited edition Regia collaboration yet, I suggest you act  quickly – it is selling out fast!  I fell for this Summer Night colourway (3657) and scoured the internet to find a ball – from McAree yarns in Edinburgh.  I ordered it on Friday and it was with me on Saturday – you can’t do better than that!  It is hard to tell from this picture, but I have every reason to believe it is going to knit up to look like Norwegian colourwork = love!

Also in this week’s post:  a new project bag from Sewn By Lindsay on Etsy.  Her USP is a clear plastic window with a card inside to note project details upon – clever idea!
I have been ogling this brogues and ditsy-print fabric combination for months, watching the currency conversion fluctuate up and down until I finally could wait no longer.
I am calling this is my Albert Nobbs bag.
It is just the right size for a one-skein shawl project.

But I know what you are really waiting to see – the sewing!
Yes, folks, it’s true.  I sewed something.  Woo hoo!
This is the Solo Top from Oki-Style patterns.

I used a simple cotton lawn in a dangerously uniform-like forest green.
It is a colour I love, but in this style it has a distinct whiff of disinfectant.
I don’t want No Scrubs
This is my prototype / muslin.  The real thing will be made of silk.

Darts on the right side!

I know, exciting, right?
Could this blog actually be starting to get interesting again?

But if anyone can solve the mystery of how ugly the back looks, please let me know…?

Quite apart from the fact that I need a haircut – what is that v-shaped fold doing there?
Just as well it’s too cold here to wear it without a cardigan.