(i) I've misplaced the final ball of yarn. I'm hoping that when I return home, said ball will magically appear in one of the many hiding places but given that I had a quick look in some of them before departure, I am a little worried. I do, however, have a plan B, one that questions the need for sleeves, but it would be nice to do as the pattern suggests. That is, after all, why I selected it and bought all the required yarn in the first place.
(ii)Speaking of patterns, I also seem to have misplaced the pattern book. I thought my mum had it, since she too is knitting another design from the same publication but it appears that this is not the case (and I trust my mother's organisational skills more than I trust my own). So again, I'm hoping that once I return home, I will find said book waiting for me on my book shelf - not necessarily hiding, just not previously seen as I wasn't expecting to find it. I have got my scrawny "travelling" paper copy with me, but the photocopying isn't brilliant as I've lost the first couple of letters from some of the instructions – but since these are mainly to do with the sleeves and since sleeves might now be an optional extra, we'll, again, worry about that if we need to.
(iii)There is a mistake in the pattern. And by this, I do mean a genuine, proper designer-type mistake, not a Katherine mis-read or a "feature". All mistakes are frustrating (at least to start with) but I found this one particularly so since (1) I didn't notice it until I'd sewn the back and the front together, (2) there'd been a hint of an error in that the number of stitches on the front and back shoulders weren't equal (but I'd forced a solution) and, most importantly, (3) it wasn't my mistake. If I hate sewing up shoulder seams, then I dislike unpicking them more. And these were lovely seams, created by the magic of short-row shaping and a three-needle cast off. Once the two halves were again separated, I then had to construct my own answer to the problem, which was a tad unnerving. Yes, I admit, it did allow me to end up with an equal number of stitches at both the front and the back shoulder but really, honestly, I'd much rather that the pattern was correct and maybe I'd had to create the odd stitch here and there to make the cast-off work. But it’s done now and I should stop complaining. Should, but probably won't. Am considering getting in touch with the knitting company / designer – after seeing if anyone else has had the same problem. Sure, I understand that we're only human and mistakes occur but now that it's been discovered, no one else need be lead down the same, incorrect and annoying path.
So, Secret Project #1 is now pressed and awaiting the next stage of its development - and waiting with baited breath to see if it’ll be sporting sleeves. Or not.
In the meantime, I've started on Secret Project #2. And I guess I should read through this pattern first in case I can detect any anomalies before I knit them... Or I could just blindly carry on. After all, these designers know what they’re talking about.