If you have been knitting up piles of scarves for instant gratification, you need to switch gears and try Teva Durham's Ballet T Shirt pattern.... this has got to be the fastest garment I have ever made! I had six balls of Cascade Fun over-marinating in my stash... they were a lovely spring turquoise color and I had long ago bought them intending to make a fancy tank top. I decided my middle-aged arms just wouldn't look all that good in the original pattern (and I do strength-train on a regular basis, but I don't wear my clothing with the same bare daring that I did when 20), and the yarn languished. I would look at it periodically, reminding myself how much I had and what a wonderful color it was... but never started anything. Then the other day, while shopping through my Ravelry queue for something to start for summer wear, I pulled up the pattern and began looking around the shop for possible summer-weight yarns. The pattern calls for Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece doubled, which I would not be happy wearing next to my skin. It dawned on me that I had the perfect choice waiting at home (don't you just love that!).
I started this top last Thursday and was finished by Monday; it would be possible to make at a one-day knitting retreat, but I have been battling against both laryngitis and seasonal hay fever, so napped more than usual and had to take a few more days!
I had fun knitting this up and may well make another.... I am not sure I wouldn't want to tinker with the top-down construction and get a bit more sleeve next time, but I am definitely happy that I used the longer version as written, along with another increase row at the hipline and three more inches of knitting, to get a hip-length version instead of a cropped one!