Saturday, September 16, 2017

Shame on Interweave!

I don't think I have ever seriously railed against a product on line, but I'm about to launch in to a near tantrum! You see, I am trying really hard to finish WIPs instead of casting on. Yesterday I pulled this shawl project out of the bin, figured out where I left off -- never easy! -- and started knitting.
You can see that it is no longer on the needles. When I finished the first lace repeat, things didn't look right to me. I jumped online to see if there was any errata for this project. And there is: Instead of using the size 6 needle listed in the book, I should have used the size 10 advised on line. 

Really! I spent more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. I understand making mistakes in the details. But in the needle size? No excuse! The editors should have made one pass through the patterns checking for needle size alone. It's too important to mess up.
The pattern is Quixote and it's from Wanderlust, which has a lot of really beautiful patterns. Warning: Don't make anything from this book without checking for errata.

I am going to contact Interweave and see if they will make this right -- i.e. refund me the cost of the book. I spent between 6 and 8 hours on this project!

I started this project about 2 1/2 years ago, so I'm not even sure I want to knit this. I love the yarn, so I may repurpose it.

Well, it's Saturday morning, so I don't want to be grumpy for my whole weekend. Thanks for listening!

14 comments:

  1. I have had more than my fair share of issues with Interweave, but this might beat them all. Epic failure on their part! Good luck with contacting them!

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  2. Ah that is so frustrating. And that is such a blatant error in editing. I am so sorry the time was wasted. You better contact them, they should refund you the cost of the book and more.

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  3. Oh, wow....I'd be mad too. I get that mistakes can be made but I've gotten errata notices years after the fact. What's up with that?

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  4. Interweave patterns are AWFUL to say the least. I don't think they employ any copy editors or tech editors.

    So sorry you had a bad pattern from them.

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  5. Wow, that's a whopper of an error - four needle sizes! The yarn is lovely - repurpose it.

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  6. Bummer! One would hope they proofread carefully as well as test knit! Sigh. I hope you can at least save the yarn. Hope the rest of your day was better!!

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  7. That is a huge mistake in needle size and awful to find out after spending so many hours on a project. Hoping your next project goes to plan.

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  8. I find those things very hard to forgive too! We are not new knitters and yet patterns can continually throw me. I have to say the yarn shop in Delavan Needles and Pins, sells Doreen's pattterns and they are all perfectly written.

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  9. That is a big mistake that not only hurts the knitter but the designers who submit their patterns, because who is going to trust that the patterns are correct.
    Sorry you had to deal with that, love.

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  10. I'm so sorry-it is SO frustrating! I was turned off by Interweave over lots of things like that; they are so big-it shouldn't happen!

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  11. It seems like the advent of so many online sources for patterns really through the traditional print outlets into a tizzy--cutting costs and corners.

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  12. goodness! That is quite the mistake. I don't think I've ever come across a mistake like that. Let us know how you make out.

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  13. Ugh. I am an editor myself (not in this niche), and I can tell you that the publishing field is rapidly changing. Ten years ago we were still quality-driven; now it's a deadline-driven business. Editors, copyeditors, fact-checkers, editorial assistants -- all whittled down to a bare-bones staff. Hires are way up in digital, social media, and marketing.

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  14. Oh man! I sure would've been pissed. What a shame...beautiful yarn too....

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