Happy enough to sew 4 of them. I can't wait for the sample to arrive, though I think I'll tweak the coloring design before I order a full yard (I'm learning how to draw in a vector program, and I'm sure that I can come up with better graphics now). The pattern pieces fit perfectly on a fat quarter (with extra fabric needed for vest and purse lining).
And I finished the Creamcicle (new name- perfect, no?) Yarnia sparkle socks. I had thought that the strands in this yarn were wool, but after washing and drying the socks, I'm pretty sure that one of them is cotton. That's fine- they're joining the Christmas stash, slated for someone in a warmer climate, so a bit of cotton is actually A Good Thing.
In the meantime, I've been obsessed with the notion of designing original fabrics through Spoonflower. I spent a lot of time looking through other people's designs posted on the site, and came to the conclusion that though my computer designing skills are farily adequate, my programs of choice (Paint, and an old freebie photo manipulation program called Photo Plus) aren't going to cut it. In order to create clear, sharp, scalable images for fabrics (and lots of other applications), I'm going to have to use a vector program. To that end, I downloaded Inkscape, which I am learning how to navigate. It's a totally new way of thinking for me, and not in the least intuitive, but I'm slowly getting the hang of it. The best way I can describe it is that a bitmap program draws lines, and a vector program manipulates lines (it's more complicated than that, but that's still the basic difference). Over and above the line thing, and the ability to scale images infinitely, the coolest feature is the fact that images can be rotated to any angle without distortion (try shifting an image 15 degrees in a bitmap program, and you'll see what I mean).
I've set myself a sort of deadline- to design an apron pattern (that fits onto a yard of fabric) for Spoonflower's Apron Contest. They hold weekly design contests, and the fabric entries are nothing short of fabulous. I don't expect my entry to be fabulous, in fact, I don't really expect to get it finished to my own satisfaction by next Tuesday (the entry deadline), but I hope to have something vaguely apron-like ready by then (another reason for using a vector program- trying to work in Paint with an image that is 5400 x 6300 pixels is impossible- with Inkscape, I can scale the canvas down and draw the pattern directly on it).
Anyway, wish me luck!