Cast your mind back a few months. To about October. Or September [that long, really?]. I have had the following words that I wrote following me and haunting me
"I'm really hoping to have it released in the next week, if not sooner..."
The hours those words have consumed me is tragic. Consumed. My Opus.
A few days turned into a week, weeks. A month, months.
Writing this patten has been fraught. I wanted it to be right - absolutely right [it wont be. I'm sure there are mistakes. I am but human]. Yet I chose an uncomventional way to write this pattern. The sizing was difficult. I changed my approach. Which meant rewriting the pattern. It meant writing each size as their own pattern, drafting each size out and writing 4 individual patterns. I've checked it, and rechecked it. I've got stupidly excited about merging multiple PDF's into one large PDF. I've done this without help, without tech editors and without someone there to bounce ideas off. Rightly or wrongly - perhaps I need to change that. My point, is that this has been an absolute labour of love, and I get sweaty palms thinking about releasing this.
Because it is a very considered pattern. It's a beautiful pattern. It's a pattern which has sat brewing in my head, on paper, on needles for such a long time that it is almost heartbreaking to put it out there. But...I want other people to make this. I want to see what it's like in different colours, different wools, different contrast fabrics and what you think will work nicely. I want it out there. And I want you to like it. Pia loves it. And she looks fabulous in it, even on the 30 degree days she's chosen to wear it on and will not be persuaded to change into something cooler. I want that for your daughter, niece, god daughter, granddaughter, friend.
And now it is done.
As a christmas gift from me to you, I would like to give 3 patterns away. Leave a comment and tell me which wools and fabrics you would use if you made it - because I'm curious! - and 3 random names will be drawn this Friday at 6pm [Sydney time].