NOTE: Readers should see comment post below from the designer on 6/22/10. Sometimes projects don’t work for a host of reasons. In this instance, it was a combination of factors – including the yarn itself. The pattern is quite pretty, and has been popular among many knitters I know who are not counted among the 88 others who posted the project on ravelry. It did not work for me. I do regret any personal hurt that may have been caused by my feedback. Such was not intended.
What kind of knitter fails to find joy in a project that involves aran-weight cashmere in a gorgeous color?
That would be me.
But Drifted Pearls is finished (and gifted to Mom). And I’m. Finished. With. It.
I’ve said it before, but I need to vent say it again: today, anyone can self-publish a pattern. That’s great. But the usability of that pattern matters. If you’re going to use a chart with non-standard symbols and expect knitters to embrace it, take a lesson from the unrivaled Anne Hanson of Knitspot. Put the symbol key and stitch glossary on the same page. Don’t ask me to turn your pattern into an arts-and-crafts project to make it usable.
Put a different way – I shouldn’t have to spread three pages out across my lap to knit a neckwarmer. And I shouldn’t have to do it so you could put waaaaaaay too much space on a page in a transparent effort to look oh-so-clean-and-fresh.
It’s official: said project shall henceforth be referred to as Dratted Pearls. It has been found guilty, and receives my personal F-word: Fiddly. I shall not count the ways.
Want more heresy? Yes, this is cashmere we’re talking about. Plymouth Yarns Royal Cashmere to be precise. It was dying to split; only my Addi Lace needles and sharp tips prevented it. Sure, it got softer with wet-blocking. But this yarn does not leave room for anything but absolute precision in a field of stockinette. Not at all.
As for the other colorway that I had set aside to make one for me, there’s a world of other patterns out there that deserves my limited knitting time a whole lot more. And plenty of wonderful cashmere from School Products marinating in my stash just waiting for some attention and a warm bath to banish its spinning oil. I’ll happily knit with that any day of the week. Royal cashmere my foot.