Life is full of successes and failures, in this case it's your success and my failure (more on that later).
But first, success!
Thank you to everyone who entered the Ropery Pattern giveaway, both here and on Twitter, the winner was commenter number one, Kaz! Well done Kaz! I've found you on Ravelry and sent you the pattern as a gift already (consistent usernames & pics is really useful!) Thanks so much for entering! The winning answer was of course Buckingham Palace, who could resist the joys of St. James' Park on a gorgeous November day!
For those of you who didn't win you can still knit Ropery - the pattern is available via my Ravelry store: pattern page here.
Or read below for another chance to win ;)
Now onto the failure. A few weeks ago I blogged, all full of enthusiasm and promise, about my desire to design, knit and publish new sweater pattern, Clematis. At this point (12.44pm on the 30th of November) I can safely say that this will not be happening before the month is out. The pattern is languishing in armhole hell, waiting for me to grade the armholes and check the maths before continuing. It has been in this position for about 3 weeks now, what with computer viruses and other knitting work taking priority over my time. Not that I'm complaining too much about having too much work to do! :)
So yeah, I suck.
However, if you do not suck and have completed your NaKniSweMo sweater, don't forget to post about it in the NaKniSweMo Ravelry group. There's some fantastic prizes available for completers, from books from Cooperative Press, to a multitude of pattern downloads, to yarn and fibre from Ms. Gusset and Indigodragonfly. I will be giving away 2 sets of my complete Ravelry downloads - two lucky winners will win Hampstead, Koho, Tumbledown Wristies & Scarf, Roots AND Ropery! Enough to keep any knitter going throughout the winter! As an added kindness (because I'm wonderful like that), the winners will also be allowed to have their patterns gifted to their friends instead of keeping them for themselves if they prefer - a great way to give out knitterly Christmas cheer!