I have decided that when a pattern writes itself as neatly as the one I used yesterday, it's best to leave it and fiddle with some other pattern that didn't fare as well. And I must say, the stitch/yarn/colour combo I'm assembling for contest purposes is... oh, bliss.
But having had the idea for a second design to submit... well, I couldn't help jumping for joy when this arrived in the mail after lunch, from Jessie at A Piece Of Vermont:
It's a little more of her Bristol, in colours I thought would be just fabulous together. I was so right. And I have two stitches all picked out for making the most of them, as soon as I'm done with hat #1, which should happen by Friday. No fiddling here either! I can't wait to knit it all, never mind the increasingly impending Other Deadlines. After all, you have to live a little of your life on the edge, right?