patelyne: (knitting)
I love a good KAL, it's the reason I'm such a joiner when it comes to crafting. 

It is a great resource, especially if you're trying something new, to have a group (usually including the designer) that you can turn to if you have questions or problems. It's fun seeing how changing the yarn types and colors can make the exact same pattern turn out so incredibly different. Sometimes you get to knit patterns that haven't been released yet, or pay patterns for free which is always nice. And doesn't everyone having a built in audience who is just as interested in what you're doing as you are in their projects? 

The only problems with good KALs are that Rav has so many of them and I have little willpower to resist them. Not a really awful problem to have, except it's done some major adding to my WIP load. 

As of this month I am involved in 3 KALs. 

One, the hurricane hat I posted about, I already finished - go me! 

The second is a mystery toy KAL hosted by Oliver Boliver. The way it worked is that the first Monday of the month we got a clue, the first section of the pattern. We had a week to finish that and then the next clue came out the following Monday. It continues that way for the month, and by the end we should have all the pieces knit, and then we follow the directions to finish it up. 
The fun is in trying to guess what it is you're making, and then seeing how everyone's guesses compare to the finished animal.

Clue one was for the body, and I finished it really early in the week. I was super on the ball, so I spent a good part of the week glaring at a calendar and willing time to move faster so I could get the next clue.

Clue two was for the arms and legs. I started out strong with the first arm, but then life got in the way (like reading a book I've wanted to for a while and working on some neglected WIPs that were taunting me into giving them attention) Now it's Sunday night and I find myself short and arm and a leg, knowing the new clue will be up before I get up tomorrow. 

I was avoiding spoilers, and so avoiding the KAL thread and all the people posting what they'd already finished. But once I knew what the pieces looked like, I decided it was safe to check in. Turns out I'm not the only one behind, but I'm still going to buckle down. Seeing the cuteness (even without heads!) of all the projects that are ready for the next step has given me the push I needed to catch up. 

And what will I do once I catch up with this KAL? Catch up on the third one I'm in of course! That would be the Sherlock blanket KAL. A year (or more) long project which has yet to get the proper post it deserves. It will though, if I can just catch up...

I have a feeling that it'll take me longer than I'd like to get that post up, so here's a peek of where I am at with the blanket right now. Three squares behind, but still two ahead. Because I'm cool like that.

Date: 2012-06-18 12:22 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] lizcommotion
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (yarn bunny)
All really cool, I especially like the Sherlock blanket!

Date: 2012-06-19 06:58 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] iamshadow
iamshadow: Still from Iron Man of Tony Stark blacksmithing. (Knit)
I adore the wallpaper square - is that one of your designs, or someone else's?

Date: 2012-06-19 10:08 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
kath_ballantyne: Circle that is half Captain America's Shield and half Winter Soldier Star and lines representing the metal arm (Default)
The toy looks really cute so far. I love the foot shaping.

The blanket squares are awesome. I love the London Eye and the wallpaper ones especially. That's some awesome colourwork you've done.

Lets see there is (l-r) John's stripey long sleeved shirt, the wallpaper and John's aran jumper.
Sherlock's coat, the London Eye and the purple shirt of sex?
Sherlock's scarf? 221B and what is the last one?

Date: 2012-06-19 02:00 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kath_ballantyne
kath_ballantyne: Circle that is half Captain America's Shield and half Winter Soldier Star and lines representing the metal arm (Default)
It's gorgeous

Oh that's clever.

It's hard to tell with the toy. Depends on how realistic they were being. I've seen teddybears shaped like that.
Anything that is shaped to sit could look like that and be quite different depending on the head.
My first thought was giraffe but if you put a long neck on that it would fall over I guess.
No idea sorry *g*

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