First of all, I’m very flattered by the attention and compliments paid to Eris. Thank you very much. I’m finishing up a short sleeve version in cotton ribbon, and I’m going to write up an entry about how this particular design came to be (and how it was prevented from becoming a
poncho caplet, I mean capelet), once I’ve finished with the photos.
For now, a gripe. You know what’s great about knitting magazines? Articles. And I’m not saying that just because I write some of them. (You can skip reading mine if you want–I’m, er, rather verbose). People have written articles for Knitty on picking up stitches, turning graphics into knitting charts, short rows, reading lace charts, grafting, fulling, you name it. And you can probably find it by using the Google search bar on the Knitty archives page.
But not enough people are reading them, apparently, because the Knittyboard yields questions from (what I assume are) Knitty readers about picking up and creating charts for intarsia… when that information was under their nose last season.
So… do the majority of knitting-magazine-reading knitters ignore articles in favour of the patterns? Or just the majority of knitting-magazine-reading knitters who post to mailing lists or forums? Do they read the articles, then promptly forget them? Or are they reading them and retaining the information for a reasonable period of time, while I suffer from an abnormally long memory?