This interweave looks great!
Anne - Charts really are easier than they look! Like you, I avoided them for the longest time, but then I finally folded when I saw the pomatomus socks and decided I'd give it a try, and it was actually super easy! and I'm really liking charts now (once you've used them a few times, and it doesn't just look like a jumble of symbols anymore, it's easier to tell where you've been and what's about to happen) it really helped me understand knitting, instead of just doing what the instructions say. Grab some small project and try the first few rows of a chart! You'll see how easy they are!