There were good aspects of the KAL …
- The pattern was well written by an experienced designer and pattern writer, Michele Bernstein aka PDXKnitterati.
- The KAL was well organized: Each of the four weeks’ clues arrived every Friday morning; no hastily written errata was sent to participants.
- There was support for participants who needed assistance – or simply wanted the camaraderie: KAL participants could join its related Ravelry group.
- The yarn I used (a Knitted Wit single ply fingering weight wool purchased at a local yarn shop) was great.
But those were outweighed by other factors …
- It was not a pattern that, had I seen in advance, I would have chosen to knit.
- I prefer shawls with much more give (e.g., lots of lace or garter stitch), long arms (such as the old styles that the wearer could tie around her waist), and/or shawls that rest easily on the shoulders but can be pinned in front.
- I do not like the half-pi style shawl in what is mostly stockinette stitch.
- I would not have selected the colors I did had I seen the pattern in advance.
I think that were I a novice knitter (with a computer, of course), I would have enjoyed the whole KAL premise more …
- The pattern was very simple. While I would have enjoyed it more if it were along the lines of an Orenberg lace, undoubtedly fewer knitters would or could participate.
- KALs provide a camaraderie, albeit virtual, where knitters can share problems they are experiencing with the pattern. But if a knitter encounters no problems and/or doesn’t have a need or interest in posting pictures of her/his progress, then I’m unsure what purpose KALs serve.
So it didn’t work for me …
- I like to match yarns to patterns.
- I like the option to alter patterns so the outcomes better fit my tastes. (This means I need to see what the finished pattern is intended to look like.)
- While I will knit simpler or repetitive patterns when I travel or knit with others around a (real) table, at home I prefer a challenging pattern or designing my own.
I looked at this completed shawl and wondered what I should do with it. Both Thor and I think the yarns individually are gorgeous but don’t work together in this pattern.
- I sent this picture to my dear friend (and a very elegant dresser), Diana; her tepid response was my answer.
- I sent this picture to my daughter; she thought it would make a fine Christmas tree skirt.
I unwound the shawl. I will use the green (definitely a Diana color), yarn to make something for her birthday next year. The blue yarn I’m keeping for myself. :)