I dunno what it means either. I keep feeling like utter crap and thinking "here we go", and then a couple of hours later feeling mostly OK again. So either I have a superior immune system, (as my son would say: "Go white blood cells! Oof! Pow! Clang!", with appropriate sword fighting motions) or this is just an interminable lead-up to the Big Sickness. Whatever. On the plus side, the lack of physical energy, combined with the need to stay home and look after my wee clan of misery has produced a ton of knitting, which I was missing more than I realized. (Oh, and for the record, despite the disruptions, I have managed to get all the orders packed up and off to the post office in good time. Just so's you know.)
Leafy Hat is almost ready, and I have a question. In an ideal world, I would have had both ideas at the same time, anticipated that I would publish the designs and done them up as a set. In reality, I whipped up a quick teacher gift, it came out rather well, did up a pattern which turned out to be well received, and weeks and weeks and many many kits later a clever reader suggested the hat idea. It really is not practical to attempt to dye single skeins for hats to match ones previously sold for mitts, plus the yardage in a single-size skein is uncomfortably close to the exact amount required for the hat (whereas there is a comfortable excess for the mitts.) So... my plan is to offer the hat pattern as a stand-alone PDF, and double-size skeins (which will be a lower price than two singles) that can be used to knit a hat/mitt combo. I'm not going to try to package the doubles as a kit with printed patterns, because the pricing permutations for folk who do/don't have a mitt pattern already will get crazy. Like I said, there are disadvantages to impulsive, stream-of-consciousness design development.
Any thoughts or preferences? I'm also wondering if anyone actually has any particular attachment to the whole yarn-with-printed-pattern-in-a-box idea, or would you all just as soon have a PDF you can print out and scribble on as needed and buy the purpose-dyed yarn separately for less money? The Kit idea is aesthetically pleasing, with the packaging and all, but on the other hand it's a lot more... packaging. Which is not necessarily a good thing for the planet.