So....I hate being all excuse-y, excuse-y, but as you may have noticed, I've failed miserably at getting my latest pattern out by my anticipated deadline. The good news is, my health situation is moving in the right direction (even though it's moving at a glacial pace!) But I am off the medications that were making my mind hazy and putting me to sleep, which means my brain works again, and I'm working on doing the final edits on the pattern in the next few days.
As a thank-you to everyone who has hung in there with me while I've been missing in action, I wanted to do a little pattern giveaway. All you have to do is comment on this post, and you're entered. Next week, on the day I release the pattern (probably Tuesday, Sept 24), I'll do a random number generator to give away 3 copies of the Orchard Pullover pattern. Next week, the pattern will only be released in my Etsy Shop, so I'll need the winners to contact me with their e-mail addresses so I can send them the pdf file via e-mail. (I can later send it to their Ravelry libraries if they want to give me their Rav member names). It will be released the following week on Ravelry and through the Knit Picks IDP program (not sure what that date will be.)
Speaking on Knit Picks, I noticed an e-mail from them yesterday that announced a week-long sale on the yarn I used for the sample of this sweater, Knit Picks City Tweed HW. 164-yd balls are marked down from $10 to $8. So if you wear a 31" (34", 37", 40", 43", 46", 49", 52", 55") chest, and you like to plan ahead and get a good deal, you'll need to order 5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9) skeins. (Note: the 40" size only needs to use about 10 yards from the 7th skein, the the 46" size only uses about 20 yards of the 7th skein, and the 55" size only uses about 13 yards of the 9th skein. So if you tend to modify patterns so they use a little less yarn, or if you don't mind unraveling and reusing swatched yarn, you can probably get away with ordering one less skein for these sizes.) I loved working with this yarn. You can really feel the alpaca fiber in it, even though it's only 25% alpaca, and it definitely has the warmth of alpaca. I have ultra-sensitive skin right now, and I would not be able to wear this yarn next to my skin, but I have no trouble at all with it worn over a t-shirt. I highly recommend this yarn, and from the yarn's Ravelry page, I see that plenty of other people do, too.
So comment away! I'll do my best to get the final edits done and look forward to releasing this pattern into the wild next week. And I look forward to giving away 3 copies of this pattern next week!