I must confess than when I placed my order for the yarn to knit Rogue earlier today, several skeins of laceweight and a copy of a new Sivia Harding lace pattern snuck into my shopping cart. I think she is probably one of my favorite lace designers, I love her geometric lace patterns and they are beautifully written. She is also pretty awesome about pattern support and in fact, emailed me a shiny alternate bind off method to substitute for an icord edge when I ran short of yarn on my Diamond Fantasy scarf (the first) and couldn't get more in that colorway. So I've got 3 skeins of Shadow heathered merino laceweight in Vineyard coming and her Hanging Leaves Stole pattern and I guess maybe I'll work that simultaneously while I'm working on Rogue, just to keep things interesting for when I hit the "miles and miles of stockinette" bits.
Something I've noticed as I read patterns and knit them. The designer really can never be too clear and it isn't insulting to assume that the knitter is a bonehead and tell them specifically what to do when. On row four, sing God Save The Queen. Row six, eat some jam. Row seven, stand on your head but only until 4 stitches from the end at which point, you must bungee jump from something very tall. Etc. Tell me exactly what to do when, you cannot be too clear and I will not be insulted if you assume I am without clue. Sivia's patterns don't assume that anything is obvious, she gets that the knitter is not a mind reader and the garments are a pleasure to knit and wear.
Please. Pattern writers. Assume I have the cognitive powers of a chimp. Trust me on this one, whatever you have in your head, whatever you know about this pattern, it isn't obvious to me. To the rest of the world, maybe, but chimps need love too and you can best express that love by being stupidly clear. When it isn't clear, that's maybe when I want to scream and bare my teeth and make with the (metaphoric) poo flinging. Thank you so much.