I’ve never fancied a KAL before. With the exception of my guild meet-ups, I’m a solo knitter. I love podcasts, the fiber community, and my FB yarn groups . . . but I’m pretty introverted and enjoy quietly clicking away in my “spot” on the couch. This past couple of weeks, though, I find myself immersed in a lovely community of knitters working on theElla Cardigan by Jennifer Wood of Woodhouse Knits. It’s a KAL, yep. And I love it. If I have questions, someone is there to respond; if I have made some serious progress, they are there to cheer me on. I try to do the same for them. I’m pretty much sold.
And this is certainly a sweater that is trying (even my) process-oriented knitterly self. I LOVE knitting. Just the movement, the meditation, the time spent. I rarely wear a knit product and I’m just not that motivated by the end result. Sure, I hope it’s pretty and I love to take those photos and plug them in on Ravelry. But more than anything, I love the knitting. Ella is a different kind of beast. My brain is actually getting tired after a few rounds. And after a marathon session . . . watch out! I need a break. So, the KAL has been a great motivator to keep going–something I have never really wanted before.
I’ve just split the sleeves and I’m now working down the body. I’ve also printed, enlarged, and rearranged my charts so that the back and forth of RS and WS is a bit easier to visualize. Oh, and I had the chance to try it on once the armholes were established. It fits!
So, how many of you have KALed it up in your knitting? What benefits do you see?