You know how things happen completely opposite your intentions? Well, maybe that doesn’t happen to you, but it does to me. Last year when I began my new business I had one Powder River garment pattern left to complete. It was a time of some upset and distress, as well as excitement, anticipation, and hope. Despite the fact that I love Flint, I just got to a place where I couldn’t bear to look at the pattern any more. It just felt like failure and unmet expectations. I shoved it in a drawer and mostly ignored it. I have a lot of patterns going at any time, so that was pretty easy.
I occasionally would see it hearted on Ravelry, but I actually kind of forgot that I needed to finish the pattern. Selective memory! Then a LYS owner who stocks my patterns emailed about it. I put her off. She emailed again, and I decided I needed to just get it out of the drawer. I did the edits, but while Wendy moved, no one was available to do the edits, then my tech editor decided she would do her fall trips and knitting retreats, so it took a month longer than I originally thought, but we got it out! Flint. Finally. Published. In fairness, I sent patterns to the LYS owner first, but it is now available here, on Ravelry, and Craftsy.
It must have been a relief because we also got a newsletter out announcing the publication in record time. While the spiders are spinning webs in my back yard, we’re clearing them out here at Jill Wolcott Knits World Headquarters! I’ve still got other patterns tucked away, but I have most of them returning to my desk periodically when I fiddle with them so I believe they will all eventually appear as finished works!