Tuesday, February 9, 2010

"Elephump" News

Yes, I am coming up for air and finally posting after more than a week---eeeek!  But I do have some GOOD news.  I finished putting the final touches on Sugar Plum the "elephump" this evening AND I also finished up all of the writing for the "elephump" pattern.  WoooooHooooo!

I was hoping to get a photo of Sugar Plum to show you this evening, but I'm too tired to do it and I just sent my photographer off for a much needed break to hang out with his photo buddies.  I'll try to get a photo of her tomorrow.  Now that the cute, little, pale purple "elephump" is complete, I guess it's time for me to start thinking seriously about how I'm going to run my giveaway for my mailing list subscribers.

And as for the pattern...YEOOW!  I never anticipated it taking that long to write out a pattern.  As I made Sugar Plum, I wrote notes.  I must have written and written and written, because my first typed draft based on my notes was over 11 pages of text.  It was fun, warm, a bit chatty, descriptive, but LONG.  I had included a lot of tips that I've found helpful.  But it was LONG.  I just couldn't see people wanting to dig through all of that information to find the kernels of information they needed to make their "elephump."  So I cut and chopped and rewrote and revised until it finally wrapped up today at 7 pages of text.  It still may be longer than most patterns, but it was what I felt comfortable with.

Unfortunately, I'm STILL not done with the pattern.  I'm trying to get all of the pattern pieces to fit on 2 pages.  Everytime I arranged and rearranged all of these funny looking pattern pieces, I would be able to get all of the pieces on two pages..except for one.  One time it was the ear, another time it was the body, then it was the foot pad....well, you get the idea.  Yesterday, I felt like a magician because I was finally able to get every single piece to fit my self-imposed 2 page limit.  And then I scanned it....uuuggghhh!  Corners and edges were cut off of some of the pattern pieces because they were apparently too close to some invisible edge.

So, tomorrow I will be back to the drawing board and hopefully come up with some solution.  I suppose the worst case scenario is that they will just have to fit on 3 pages.

Heaps of Hugs,


  1. Hi Cheryl,
    It's so good to see you coming up for some air at last! :o) I have been missing your posts!
    Happy that your pattern has finally come together for you and look forward to seeing the results.
    Warmest hugs,
    Sandi @ Bearly Sane

  2. Good to see you surfacing for air!
    At least you were trying to fit the pattern on pieces of paper... not a piece of fabric... that always drives me nuts!

    Could you shrink the pattern slightly?

  3. Thanks, Sandi and Heather! My eldest daughter basically told me to give it a rest and use 3 pages to fit the pieces because it wasn't going to work otherwise. I couldn't shrink the pattern slightly because then I would run the risk that the joint disks I specified wouldn't fit. Ah, well.


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