Having spent an inordinate amount of time over the weekend writing out the most complicated portion of the new pattern, I have come to realize that there is a much better (and more simple) way of managing the increases, etc, etc. The time wasted is very frustrating, as is the effort of all the calculations, write up, etc, etc. It was not for nothing though, as eventually I happened upon the much simplified (and preferable if I do say so myself) version of the pattern. I do wonder, though, why I seem to need to spend lots of time and effort figuring out how to do things, or write them, before the easy way "appears". When knitting for myself (not focusing on a write up or design specifics) I tend to "knit by the seat of my pants" and the easy way appears as I need it, no lengthy considerations, calculations, how to's, etc.
Of course, I also feel like now my pattern looks like I didn't put in the effort and work into it that I poured out over the past few days. Oh well. I will continually remind myself that simpler and easier for the user is preferable. I guess I have to go through the process of doing the more complicated difficult thing to get to the simple elegant solution.
I'm getting close to having a write up that I can send to test knitters. I think we will have a googlewave set up to have an organized central place for everyone to comment and discuss issues that may come up. I have never used googlewave so this will be yet another technology leap for me. I'll let you know how it goes.