So, there I was, knitting away on the first wing of Seraphine, thinking I might finish it over the weekend, when it occurred to me to check the schematic. You know, the accompanying diagram that gives you a clue about how far you might have progressed.You could knock me down with a feather, 'cos the wingspan of this woolly wonder is NINETY TWO INCHES!
Say what?! That's... um....how many feet? Ninety two divided by twelve is... um... almost eight (thanks, Lorna!). Eight feet?!
I thought I was at least a third of the way through and was feeling kinda smug because I knew I must be finished soon, long before the first snow of the year..
I may be some time...
And I may run out of yarn...
This pattern is not getting a very positive reception on Ravelry. It seems to have irritated a couple of knitters ahead of me to an inordinate degree for containing minor errors and doing things differently to how they wanted them done.
So... if it bothers you that much, do your own thing, ladies! I mean, seriously? You want to end your cables differently? Go on then! There's a mistake in the chart? Oh yes - I see that, but if you got this far, you know what to do, so why not drop the designer a polite note so she can put it right? What's going on here? You are behaving like F-book bullies!
What concerns me is that people are going to be put off before they start. They are interested enough in the design to research it on Ravelry, looking for the finished objects, the modelled shots, but instead all they find are complaints.
When you read beyond the rhetoric, the main problems these knitters faced seem to be: they were expected to count their rows; and unless they were working to the correct gauge, the pieces would not fit together. Umm... really?!
Here's what I think: this is a really gorgeous original design, combining cables and reverse stocking stitch to make a great big woolly hug of a winter shawl. It is by a relatively new designer, whom Jared Flood has given a really special opportunity by showcasing her work in his Wool People Collection. I don't suppose for one minute that it was extensively test-knitted because it is frankly quite a huge undertaking, but if you get gauge there is every reason to believe that everything will work out just fine, because Jared is no fool. And there's a finished shawl up there to ogle!
Even major designers make mistakes. That's why Ravelry is full of errata notices! But nowadays they can be put right almost instantly by contacting the person with the editorial rights, who can then nip in to the pdf and sort it out. It's not like the old days when it could take years for a book to be reprinted and novice knitters were left to either work it out for themselves or give up.
Isn't this the whole joy of a knitting community like Ravelry: knitters can help each other! Young designers can and should be nurtured and supported. I was happy to pay for this pattern, because it has such a great design concept behind it: I could not have thought this up by myself. The mistakes are tiny and pretty much self-correcting - in the grand scheme of things they are a mere hiccup. Why not cut the girl some slack, ladies? Or are ya jealous? :O