Knitting and crochet content have been AWOL for the last month. I think they both picked up on my level of pre-quilt show stress and just decided to be anywhere that wasn't here.
Happily they've decided to come back and here is the photographic proof:
the finished Yarn Harlot scarf : 60 something inches x 3 1/2 inches in Wendy DK. I loved knitting this pattern. It took most of one ball and the remainder was used to make the roll up cuff on exhibit B, which is a hat I just made up. The cuff is done with the same easy pattern as the scarf and a basic broken rib for the rest. The colour is off on my monitor: the scarf / hat cuff are much deeper with purple highlights and the hat is deeeeeeeep royal purple. The link to YH's pattern is back a few days if you want to go look for it.
Exhibit 3 is the Short and Sweet from Happy Hooker. I took the photo yesterday and it's about twice this long now. I figured out fairly quickly that there were major mistakes in the pattern, fixed them and THEN went looking for the errata page. There are a mind bogglingly huge number of errors in that first edition. Far too many. Basically, someone on the tech side didn't do a tremendous job and guess what? There are even errors in the errata!
Yup. You heard me [ read me?]
several rows in Short and Sweet are wrong ON THE BLOODY CORRECTIONS.
The graph, thank goddess, is correct.
Debbie Stoller is onto a really good lurk with this franchise: she didn't design the projects, someone else did the [ amazing] drawings, there were tech editors galore, people to design the look of the book ... and I noticed yesterday on crafster.org that she's put out a call for designs for her next one... and don't bother flaming me if you think Ms Stoller is God. The way she's helped revitalise knitting is fabulous but Happy Hooker was rushed into print too soon and it shows.
Oh and just for the record, I think the designs in this one are the best of all her books so far. Young and fresh enough to appeal to the 20 somethings but also with enough elan to satisfy the 'mature' crocheter [AND a good range of sizes even if the 'small' would fit your average pygmy ]