Every year at this time Andi Satturlund kicks off her annual outfit-a-long.

It is a two month knitting and sew-a-long that she cohosts in which participants create two garment pieces, one knitted and one sewn, to be worn as one handmade outfit. Every year I watch the finished objects roll in and wish I could join in the fun. I've participated in just the knitted portion several times, but for the first year ever I feel confident enough to jump all the way in.

This outfit was actually conceived before the announcement of the outfit-a-long. This year for the first time ever (at least since I've lived here), Garbage will be coming to Raleigh as part of their tour. They will be coming with Blondie and they will be coming the weekend of our fifth wedding anniversary. So, of course, we are going. Originally I was just knitting the Allegany Shawl to take for the inevitable chill once the sun goes down. Something about this pattern screams outdoor concert to me, even if it will actually be a million degrees, rendering the shawl unnecessary. We all know great knitting starts in the mind.

I then ordered some lightweight denim from Hawthorn Threads in this lovely pink color to make a Cleo. I love that overall jumpers are stylish again, so I decided to make the mini skirt version. Because it is pink and I'm accenting the shawl with pink, it was meant to be. But then -- then I decided to finally make a TPCT (Totally Perfect Crop Top) and the madness was fully realized with the purchase of two skeins of Junkyarn at Black Mountain Yarn Shop. I may be the mother of a small child, but if I am finally going to see Shirley Manson live I am going all out.