As you note, the OP appears to have failed at condition (a) above and equally failed to think through enough to satisfy condition (b).Quote:
If you really cannot wrap your head around how crafting works in LotRO (and see why it was set up the way it has been set up), there is always the option to simply not bother with crafting yourself. Crafting is an optional sub-system in this game. Even if you feel you need crafted items, you can buy them on the AH or ask your friends and kinnies to make them for you.
I have noted before that Suggestion threads are subject to Sturgeon's Law.