Antares, I understand how you feel. I feel very similarly when I pick up a pattern book and try to guess at the experience level needed to do a pattern. ESPECIALLY when I misjudge the skill level. I mean in theory if you’re reading a pattern, understand it, have all the skills it calls for, know the stitches etc. most people would assume they have the ability to do that pattern. (I know I do.) But I can’t count how many times I’ve started a pattern that didn’t have a listed skill level going “Oh, I can do that!” and then weeks later finally frog the entire thing and give up until I raise my skill level some more because I’m no where close to being able to do it. To my way of thinking, why can’t the publishers just list the skill/experience level necessary? I mean REALLY? Is it so hard to tell your reader, “Hey, Reader, we mean this for people that have been stitching for awhile,” or “Hey, Reader, this is the Mount Everest of your hobby, don’t even attempt this before you have 30 years experience,” or “Yo, newbie… The sharp end is the point of the needle, you use that to push or pull the yarn through the loops on the other needle. Learn the rest of what you need to know here.”
Sorry for the slight hijacking, but I can completely understand how you feel when a professional expects you to read their mind. You will probably never know their product as well as they do and the general assumption that everyone knows what something is drives me almost as insane as assuming we’re all idiots.