So as it turns out, there was another variation in the wings.
I really like this one the best.
I also finished a class sample.
It's very awkward. Not conceptually difficult, but until those spikes are well-coralled, it's slightly impossible to see what's going on; you just have to know, and for those who don't have the whole 3-D visualisation thing going, more than slightly impossible.
So perhaps instead of beginner/intermediate/advanced, we can categorise the required skill level for knitting/beading/crochet/wirework/woodwork/etc. patterns as:
- I can't understand until I see the video
- Don't confuse me with pictures, just describe it in very precise detail
- Don't confuse me with words, just give me tons of excellent graphics
- I score above the 95th percentile in visial/spatial part of the IQ test so you can just describe the general concept
Not a hundred percent tongue-in-cheek, mind you because it sorta-kinda makes sense, doesn't it? I mean we've all come across the first-timer who gets it before the others in the class do, haven't we? Not to name names or anything...