Dove’s Roost Handspun Gulf Coast Native/Alpaca Blend
I love oatmeal. We eat oatmeal and apples every single morning. When I saw Amy King’s Oatmeal Cardigan in Spin-off (Winter 2009), I felt a tug. But, life when on. I spun a truckload of Gulf Coast Native/Alpaca blend for a Celtic Cape. Then I decided not to knit the cape. And I looked at that yarn, and looked at that yarn, and swatched for socks and sweaters and was so not-satisfied. Then, some cell in my brain wiggled, and I remembered the Oatmeal Cardi.
I went through my samples, and there, in my hand, was ever the most perfect gauge swatch. So, I cast on.
The yarn, supple, smooshy, and light, danced on and off the needles. Perfect perfect. When I knit the charts for the pattern, though – what the? Yes, it was late. Three in the morning, I think. But, what was up with the charts? Next day, I reread them and reread them, and there was a big fat booboo. A couple cable symbols were reversed. So, I checked for errata on the Interweave site, and there, in front of my face, was the admission that the symbols had been reversed.
You would think, after months of fiddling with that yarn, that I’d have been a more careful knitter, wouldn’t you? HA! I’ve been a writer for over 30 years, and I’m well aware of the crazy mistakes that can elude the most careful editor, and seemingly work their way into a completed document. But, I was so thrilled to have a pattern, an easy, mindless knit for a gorgeous gorgeous sweater…that I didn’t bother to look for mistakes. Fortunately, I was only 4 rows into the design, so tinking was not a huge deal.
So…word to the wise, no matter what your pattern source, have the sense to check for errata.
Now, let me get the chores done so I can sit down and knit!