a grand new plan

File this under the category: Be Careful What You Wish For.

No sooner had I hit "Send" on the Linen-Stitch Faroese Shawl pattern, than I got a wee e-mail in my inbox.
(I kid you not; it came less than half an hour later.)

"Congratulations! You've been selected to teach at TNNA [The National Needle Arts Association trade show, where yarn store buyers go to shop for patterns and yarn and such.]!"

<gulp.>

I mean, sure, I'd sent in the application and the course description a few months ago...

But thinking about doing a big thing and then being forced to actually prepare for it are two completely different things. Ask any pregnant lady!

Here are the facts as I know them:
The show is in January. Early January.
There are 106 days left in the year.
I have 12 patterns to finalize and/or write until then.
Not to mention oh... 12 samples from those patterns to get done too?

Ah well, a gal loves a challenge.

So it's going to be all Unpatterns, all the time around here.* Wanna come along for the ride?

* We're just not talking about the whole marathon nonsense. I mean, really - what can you say about having to run 22 miles on a Saturday? Runner's World magazine calls these the "Monster Weeks," and they're right. 45, 46, 48 miles a week? Are you *@&$^ing kidding me?