You know what I hate?
Let me pause a sec. Do I rant a lot? I don't think I do. Not about knitting anyway. But every once in a while something just sticks in my knitting craw and I have to rant.
OK this is what I hate: you see a great pattern, in an online magazine, that you download and pay for, and then you realize that the pattern uses a really, really expensive yarn. In the back of your head you know you can substitute, and then you read this:
"this pattern has been written specifically for the unique characteristics of silk. It is unlikely you'll be able to get the same gauge in the body, particularly in the rows. Fortunately, the pattern is very economically on yarn--so splash out on some silk!"
And. The yarn is about $40. For one hank. And you need two hanks. For a sleeveless top. A sleeveless top!
The reason I'm so annoyed is that I'm fairly certain most designers don't pay for the yarn they use in their patterns. So dear designer, don't tell me to 'splash out' on some 'economical' yarn for your pattern. It just angers me.
Thank you for your attention.