Just about every time I hit the LYS and my favorite gal and I get to talking, the subject either turns to whatever the pickle eater said the other day or about how whenever I have a new pattern out, either the camera is looking down my shirt or the camera is looking down someone else's shirt when they're modeling whatever it is that I designed.
I think I was breastfed, but I cannot be sure. Mom was a solid negative A cup, so maybe she passed some sort of breast envy down to me, although I can tell you fo' sho' the last thing I want is a bigger bra. Shoot. Some people, the first place they gain weight is in their hips or thighs. Me? My face and chest. This is not a good thing. They make spandex things for ladies who need a nip or a tuck in the hips or thighs. Last I heard, they don't make any for the face or the chest that really work without anyone knowing.
Speaking of such things, I have been systematically changing the layout of my pdf's. Some of you may have noticed--I've been sort of quiet about it--but this new layout is tidier and my "older" patterns, the ones that were written before I knew what I was doing, heh, not that I know what I'm doing now, needed a makeover.
Hence, the new Somewhat Cowl layout (and pattern, to a certain extent).
Even though this one has been edited before, I went through another round of tech editing and did some minor changes to the pattern, specifically, I tweaked some of the measurements and such. Although it is pretty much the "same" pattern, it is now updated in language and fit. I paid specific attention to the fit of the sleeve and sized it up. It now goes to a 50" chest which will fit at least up to a 54".
Just thought I'd let you know, plus, it is also available in a print version, like several of my other ones, at your own LYS. And if they don't yet carry them, my wholesaler is Deep South Fibers.
Hearkening back to the LYS discussion, as I was writing the first paragraph of this post, I was reminded about something that happened a month or two ago when I brought Rocko in to meet my favorite gal at the LYS. She said, "Oh, how cute!" and the pickle eater said, "Hey! What type of dog is that?"
I said, "he's a Dachshund mix. I don't know what his other half is, but he's a Wire-Hair Dachshund on one side; at least, I know that much."
"He ain't no Dachshund: Look at him."
"Yes, he is."
"No, he's not."
"Yes, he is."
"No, he's not."
"Yes, he is. . . I know this, because the organization I adopted him from saw him come out of his mother. She was a full-breed Wire-Hair Dachshund. The other half? Not so sure."
After a little verbal tussle, which I am used to with her, I left. And the next time I went in, my friend at the LYS told me this:
"Two seconds after the door shut after you, [the pickle eater] turned to me and said: 'Wow. That has to be the ugliest dog I have ever seen in my life' and went back to her knitting with a vengeance."
You gotta love them, those LYS's.
Edited to add: I have had a few requests for free pattern updates for those who already own the original pattern. Although I would LOVE to give away the new and improved pattern for free, I cannot. I paid a tech editor to go through it again (she didn't find any errors!) and to help me reword it to make it shorter, etc. I tweaked some of the measurements, too, and condensed the pattern into two pages.