Well ... I'm feeling pretty guilty. I promised that I would have my elephump pattern finished and available on Etsy by the end of this month. I even thought (but didn't tell you) that I might be able to have a good start on the new bear pattern that I plan on selling on Etsy too. Well ... as you've guessed, the patterns aren't going to be finished on time.
I didin't realize how long it takes to write a pattern (at least for me). I knew I would need to take notes and that I'd be doing a bit of writing. I just didn't take into account the time needed to make adjustments to the pattern. Parts of the poor elephump has been stuffed, unstuffed, stuffed, unstuffed, and stuffed again as I tweak this and that about the pattern. I want to make sure that it will be a "user friendly" pattern. So as I've been working on this elephump, my mind thinks of all possible situations others could run into. Then I've been trying to make sure that even if these potential problematic situations did occur that everyone could still complete their elephump.
Well, all these bumps in the road to a completed pattern has taken more time than I thought. I also forget just how much time homeschooling the girls actually takes. Homeschooling is, and has to be, my first job. And on top of these, my health, although much better than it was in the fall, has required that I rest much more than I want to. So, as the saying goes, I guess I "bit off more than I could chew."
I know there are many who are feeling antsy to start the elephump pattern--I'm very sorry. I hate to keep you waiting and I feel bad that I haven't been able to uphold my promise. Please know that I am working on it as quickly as is possible. I won't set another date just in case other unforeseen things get in the way again. But it will be done and I can assure you that the little purple elephump I'm making to test the pattern is turning out simply adorable.