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Mystery KAL’s Aplenty This Month

This month, I decided to join in on some mystery knit-a-longs. I usually start these, then drop out, but so far I’ve been able to stick with it. I’m doing the Sock Knitter’s Anonymous November Mystery KAL, Barking Dog Yarns Opposites Attract Mystery KAL, and the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL (two patterns A and B). I figured that since I didn’t have much on the needles and not a lot was really calling me, why not give some mystery patterns a go? So far I’m through clue one on all patterns, have clue 2 for the Opposites Attract and SKA socks, and clue 2 will be out for the two hats will be out today.

I’m not sure how I feel about the SKA Mystery Sock. I think it’s the yarn that’s making me re-consider it. The yarn is a bit on the bright, eye searing side. I’m using Yarntini merino/nylon sock in Strawberry Frenzy, which was part of the Semi-Solid Sock Club from last year. It’s not very “semi” to me, but a very solid bright red. It’s even just a bit brighter then the picture shows. Definitely going to finish them. They may end up as a gift, though.

November MOCK
SKA November Mystery Sock KAL

The Barking Dog Yarns Opposites Attract Mystery KAL is going well. The clues are coming out faster, so I started on clue 2 on Saturday. The yarn is a fun concept. Two skeins that go together, but are different. You’ll see what I mean when I start the second sock. I took pictures just after finishing clue 1. Definitely want to get more of this yarn!

OA Mystery Sock
BDY Opposites Attract Mystery KAL

OA Mystery Sock
BDY Opposites Attract Mystery KAL

I was a little hesitant to join the Woolly Wormhead Mystery Hat KAL since I don’t wear a lot of hats. I looked through my stash and found that I had yarn for both hats on hand, so I figured I’d give it a go. If I don’t care for the hats, I’m sure someone I know would love and wear them. For Pattern A, I’m using Wollmeise 80/20 Twin in Lowenzahn. For Pattern B, I’m using Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in a lovely orange color (color 81). I finished clue 1 for Pattern B the same day the clue came out. Not the case for Pattern A, though! I was working Pattern A on US 1.5, 40″ circular and something about it was hurting my hands. Probably the twisted stitches, which I’ve found is a different motion then knits or purls. That combined with fiddling with the big cable likely wasn’t helping much. I did do the brim shorter then the clue said to for a few reasons. It was difficult to work on without pain in my hands and wrists after a short time, I’m not a fan of 3″ brims on hats (2″ is about my maximum), and I am just a tad worried I might not have enough yarn (I’m using about half of a leftover skein of Wollmeise). The picture below doesn’t show it, but I am finished with clue 1 on Pattern A and the brim is 2″.

Pattern A
Pattern A

Pattern B
Pattern B

Do you do mystery knit-a-longs? Why/why not? I’m always curious what other people think about knit-a-longs where you don’t know what the pattern will be like other then what the finished item itself will be (ie a sock or a hat).

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I’m a thirty-something who works in finance. I live in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

One thought on “Mystery KAL’s Aplenty This Month

  1. I always debate on whether or not to do a myster KAL…seems like so much knitting for something I may not like…now I can get into the hats because they are small and don’t generally take much time…I love the look of hats but then I rarely wear them.

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