I’m blogging about my journey as I attempt to complete a MKAL (mystery knit along) challenge. Well, for me it’s a challenge. I have spoiler images on this page, if you are beginning this KAL!
In the Through the Loops forum at Ravelry we are sharing progress, problems, questions, and ideas while knitting an asymmetrical shawl from clues doled out over the course of about six weeks by the designer. I’ve been behind from the beginning, but only by a few days. This requires a LOT of knitting. Far more knitting than I have ever done in such a short amount of time, and in a pattern far more difficult than I have ever attempted.
It takes discipline and concentration and I am having fun!
Although the shawl requires 2 skeins of yarn, a number of knitters were worried about running out of yarn. Some ran out, and I am one of them. As I began Clue #3 which would have had 3 rows of color A (my yellow color), I knew there wasn’t enough.
I decided to ask in the forum if anyone had simply changed to Color B, or if that would mean running out of that color eventually.
The designer, Kirsten Kapur, suggested I could use a contrast color from my stash, which could also be added in later in the pattern. I liked this idea, so I wouldn’t have to stop knitting and fall further behind. Many people have already moved on to Clue Four at this point. I guess I will also add this new color in somewhere else. It’s my backup if Color B begins to get short.
The trouble was, my stash of yarn is pretty small. And I needed fingering weight in a color that would go with light blue and cumin yellow! Probably a pretty green or another shade of blue would have been the best choice, but I didn’t have either of those. So to finish up my Clue #3 rows I substituted a rust color for the yellow.
Now my shawl will contain three colors, but only little of the third color. I hope in the long run it will all look okay.
I have now begun Clue #4, but it’s a toughie, so I’ll wait until morning, when my mind is fresh and full of coffee, to do more knitting.
By the way, some people are actually knitting 2 of these shawls at once! And many knitters get the clue finished within a day! Then there are those who have only just decided to start, or are behind like me. At least I don’t feel like I am the worst knitter in the group.