I discovered an interesting glitch in one of the charting programs that I use (Stitchmastery). When I was putting the clues together for Once and Future King I noticed that the chart for clue 1 had been created as if it were knit in the round instead of flat. I noticed this when I was increasing the font of the row and column numbers because all of the row numbers were on one side of the chart. So I edited the chart diagram properties and changed it to be knit flat. The row numbers re-adjusted themselves accordingly. What did not change, however, was the key. The original key had only the right side definitions, but when I made the change to knit flat the wrong side definitions did not appear. The key did not change at all. And I didn't notice that when I was increasing the font size of the key prior to exporting it as a jpeg. I always find it interesting what the brain does and does not notice.
In the end I actually had to create a dummy chart with the symbols just so I could output a key with both the right side and wrong side instructions. And then I forgot one of the stitches. Sigh. Needless to say confusion resulted. I always feel terrible when I screw up like that. Even though my test knitting and tech editing is not being done as a paid professional, I still take it very seriously and want to get everything just right. I think my drive for perfection has been accentuated by my job as a safety engineer for the Navy. In my job the details matter and so does getting it right. The down side is that I often come home mentally exhausted, and so I miss things in my vocational activities.
I have also come to realize that the best way to tech edit a pattern is to test knit it. Janine asked me to proof read an early draft of this pattern and I missed a number of things that I have found since I have been knitting the pattern. It is interesting the different ways that the brain engages the material depending upon what you're doing with it.
Pattern: Andromeda Shawl by Janine le Cras (converted into a cape)
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Verve in Magic Mirror
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm)