OH my, I seemed to have hit a sore spot in the knit blogging world...rightfully so.
As it turns out, I deleted all of the previous emails from Melanie once they were dealt with. So I had to go back to the publishers website www.stcbooks.com and try to get in touch with her again. I must say that she did respond quickly with the problems in Handknit Holidays and after consulting her knitter, she gave me the corrections. The corrections thus far for Handknit Holidays are found in the KAL sidebar. I think someone also found a mistake in a chart, look in the archives on the KAL site.
So I am just waiting for her reply. Some have asked of what I wrote...and I didn't save a copy, as I should have. It was along the lines of "pure disappointment....the need for test knitting before publishing and we knitters spending $42 on a book of mistakes...wanting the corrections...then expecting nothing less than a corrected edition of the book once all the errata has been corrected."
For those of you who want to knit the Basalt Tank, here are the corrections that I have come up with:
Inside Section.Rows 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 PURL.
After picking up 33 stitches from side E of hexagon 3, you are suppose to cast on 67 stitches, not 34.
Look, I can understand "typos"...heck if you read my blog, you may come across many. It's the errata that is troublesome to me. I just believe that it is totally unacceptable...I am sorry, I will not beat a dead horse here...you know my feelings.
What about cookbooks? Are the recipe's tested before publishing?
I am now thinking that there is a conspiracy going on with these knitting books...so they wait for all the knit bloggers to go crazy over the book, buy it, knit the projects and find all of the errors themselves? Why test knit the published pattern when the bloggers will do it for you?! I think every knitting book I own has significant mistakes in it. This is very sad.
There are some interesting thoughts in the comments of the previous post...read them and see what you think. I will dwell on it no more. When a response comes, I will inform you.
Let's move on for now. The Basalt Tank has been ripped. I decided to do so when I saw this.
The wonderful talents of other knit bloggers...let's support each other!
Here are the current swatches...
Bea and Cherry.
Shall we talk a bit about Kim Hargreaves Kits?
Here are my thoughts.
Beautiful presentation. The yarn is wonderful, but you can usually find it in your LYS or discounted some where on the web. The buttons are gorgeous...also something you would be able to find on your own. The pattern, classic Kim Hargreaves, love it.
Here is the problem.
Cost. The kits are not cheap...and on top of that, the delivery man wanted duty and taxes totally $27 canadian. Hmmmmm. I could have bought a whole other knitting pattern book...errors and all!
I have emailed Kim in regards to just purchasing the patterns and she is not doing that now...Oh how I wish she would...one can hope.
As a gift, the kits are wonderful...thank you. But will I be ordering another one to pay for that. Not likely.