It doesn't work for EVERY site, but a cache is basically like a peek BACK... so if a site is cancelled today you can view the 'cached' page. Usually the links and pictures with not load, but the text will... If a site changes it's layout but the cache wasn't updated yet, and you viewed the cached page, it will look like the old design, with or without the graphics if they are there...
To get my pattern I just went to google and typed "Magknits Kaleidoscope" (the name of the site and name of the pattern) and the first link was the one I needed.
here is screencap of what I mean...
instead of clicking on the obvious link, you would click the "cached" link. For me, my cached page looks like this no pictures, but the text is still in tact so I could copy the pattern.
The Way Back Machine is a website that is all about past versions of websites, but they don't always have what I am looking for. I find googling it works easier for me... if I couldn't find it that way, I'd check out the way back machine.
Your welcome, I am glad I could help you. I'm glad some of the designers got their stuff up so quick.
I totally agree, it really is a shame. I don't read the forums on Ravelry much at all, so I didn't see any of the blow up... It's too bad that it had to go that route.
That's a good habit to have. I am definitely going to do that from now on. Thanks.