I have a feeling you’re all going to get soooooooOOooo sick of this top!

It’s another Built by Wendy Home Ec top, and anticipate making about one zillion of these! My size takes just under 2 yards of fabric and it’s the perfect project for trying out lots of different seaming/edge finishing techniques. It’s getting super fast and I absolutely love wearing them, they are super comfortable. This one is also a size 10 but I’ve since purchased a new pattern and my next will be the right size, a little less fitted. Right now it’s a bit snug under the pits and the back is a little blousy:

The best part–my very own label!! I had these made at Namemaker.com, I also have some ‘skrillaknits‘ ones, I’ll debut those as soon as I finish a dang sweater. I haven’t come up with a good way to sew them on, any tips? This is the best I could come up with…

Lastly, it appears that my worrying about Interweave was for naught–the scholarly, reverent Eunny Jang is taking the helm! This is by far the coolest blogger hits the big time story yet. I’m psyched, I bet it’s going to reach encyclopedic proportions!

Speaking of being excited about academics…I’ve been really up and down about graduate school this year. On the bad days I feel incredibly inept and frustrated, but on good days I feel the way Emily does about her artwork/cottage industry:

“It’s strange to say, but The Black Apple has been pretty much a best friend for the last few years, even before I had my online storefront or blog. It has been my constant companion through two different wonderful-but-difficult-in-their-own-way relationships, the changing and shuffling locations and closeness of friends, and two big moves. People ask all the time for tips, or pearls of wisdom about the success of my cottage industry, and maybe it’s as simple as that. It’s my companion and if I’m not working for it, I’m thinking of it.”

I just dug through some old papers looking for a syllabus from a colloquium I taught as an undergrad and it was really heartening to see that I’m pretty much following the trajectory I dreamed about 5 years ago…it’s hard to stay the course, but I think I will. Speaking of Home Ec (my name for the easy peasy top), I’m cornering my thesis idea more and more, I’ll tell you all about it soon…

Oh! A public thank you to all the Western Mass. blogladies who joined me on Sunday for a knit-together. We were all tempted to photograph it for our respective blogs, but we showed remarkable restraint. Inside joke time: