Sahara is here. In case you don't know, I did a design for Stitch Diva Studios and this is the sleeveless version.
I was surprised how long the process took, this being my first time to work with a "real" operation like this. I did a pattern some time back for Interweave Press, and it feels like that was ages ago, but I just saw the "No Sheep For You" book advertised here and there, so I know the publication is on the horizon. But let me tell you this: I think I finished the pattern and the sample the summer before last...or something like that!
These things, they take time.
Luckily we have the Internet. Luckily, we have self-published items available, too. Luckily, I discovered a new gal leaving the gym all gussied up with high heels, a be-jeweled purse, and tight jeans--but wearing a big, fluffy towel around her head on her way out.
I'm easily impressed, let me tell you.
(All I can think is that she was experiencing some bad, bad hair. But heck. Give me bad hair before I jaunt through the joint with a towel around my head wearing high heels. Shoot, I could probably do it in my normal gear, but high heels and tight jeans and dangly jewelry? A be-jeweled purse? A swing in my step?)
And I'm thinking, if I had guts like that, I'd be on the moon by now, or beyond. Well, maybe not on the moon or even in the greater Los Angeles area. But, I would have knit some underwear by now. Or maybe I would have finished that knitted bathing suit I dreamt of while under some sort of "I-lost-a-pound" spell. If I had guts like that, I'd wash my hair at the gym and wrap it all up in a white fluffy towel stolen from some Las Vegas hotel and leave with panache. I'd leave with panache and not care that that woman over there--the one who dresses for the gym everyday whether or not she actually works out--takes one look at me, hits the emergency stop button on the treadmill, and immediately grabs her little memo pad and pen.
If only I had the guts.
Oh, and check out the Garter Belt. There are three new patterns available, among them Drive-Thru, and the cool thing is, there's a boy's pullover pattern by Elizabeth and a cute dress coat for little girls by Marie Grace. Both are top-down patterns and both look quick. If you are quick and gutsy, you might be able to eek out one of these numbers by the New Year.
BTW: The toilet downstairs is still on the fritz. Please, send HWWV your Handyman good-thoughts...