In all the optimism and excitement that the end of a semester inspires, I’ve joined up with a second KAL. It’s not really adding any new knitting to my plate, though, and in fact it fits in quite nicely with the superhero KAL I’m already in. The idea is to take every project that was on the needles, in need of ripping, or in need of finishing (the weaving in ends, sewing on buttons, etc., type of finishing, that is) before August 15 and get it done by October 15. You get points for every 100 yds you knit/rip and can earn more points depending on how long the project has been on the needles.
When I first read about it I thought, “Meh, sounds like fun but I don’t really have all that much in progress. Well, maybe I’ll just check out my projects page and see.” Turns out I had 11 projects in progress, including 4 sweaters and a shawl. Then I went around to gather them all up, estimate yardage knit and yardage left to knit, and get some pictures (the KAL requires an on-the-needles picture and a finished one), and, well, I found 4 more projects that weren’t on my projects page, some of them dating back to 2009.
So, yes, this is the KAL for me, I think. Here’s my list (so far; I’m not entirely convinced I’ve found all the incomplete projects yet), in no particular order:
1. Handspun-Tho-Not-By-Me Socks
So, spinning just isn’t my thing after all. But yarn-based bartering over the internet totally IS my thing, so I was still able to make arrangements for this Mad Color Fiber Arts Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon Top that had been sitting on my spindle since April 2012 to be spun and plied into 295 yds of 3-ply sock yarn. Now it can finally become the socks it was always meant to be! These will be toe-up so I can use every last yd of the yarn. Yds down/yds to go: 62.5/232.5
2. A Little Something on the Side Socks
Yds down/yds to go: 156/134
3. Daughter of the Regiment
When last we saw the first DotR, her skirt had just been cast on amidst much fiddling and she had just broken her second needle. I may need to get a long Karbonz circ to finish these, or I may just finish them on a million Karbonz dpn’s. Regardless, they will be finished on Karbonz and hopefully by October 15. Yds down/Yds to go: really not sure at all
4. Baby Sweater That Just Needs Buttons
Whether I finish this depends on whether I have buttons that will work. This one took a little longer to knit than the baby took to grow, so I’m not totally sure what I’ll do with it now.
5. Too-Big Leyburns
Hoping I can figure out my mods on this but if not I’ll have to rip the first one back to before the heel and just follow the pattern this time. Yds down/yds to go: 152/152
6. Moonlight Lady Mittens
To match the Moonlight Lady hat and scarf. Yds down/yds to go: not sure, things are a bit too tangly to weigh and measure right now
7. Garter-Stitch Scarf
Yds down/yds to go: 108/362 or until I get bored
8. Improvised Fibonacci Stripe Cardigan
Yds down/yds to go: haven’t measured/don’t know what this will take because I’m not working from a pattern
Yds down/yds to go: 195.5/110.5
10. Conference Call Socks
Yds down/yds to go: 122/not sure ’cause I have to rip out the toe and make this one a little longer
11. Striped, Seamless Set-in Sleeve Sweater
Yds down/yds to go: um…I don’t actually know where this one is right now, so I’ll get back to you on that
12. Plain and Simple
Yds to rip: 455
13. Francis Revisited
Yds down/yds to go: don’t know but I will – I swear! – get around to lengthening the body and sleeves so I can wear this one this fall
14. Oceania Shawl
Yds down/yds to go: don’t know/until I can’t stand it anymore
This is not the most exciting pattern to photograph.
This sad little mitt has been sitting around for 4 years because it fits fine but just isn’t long enough for me and stockinette tubes are apparently so difficult to knit that I’ve never found the time to fix it. Yds down/yds to go: guessing from the pattern specs, around 60/more than 60
16. Green Lantern Sweater
Yds down/yds to go: 59/not sure but I bet it’s a lot
I know I said earlier that I started with 11, then found 4 more, but I just listed 16 projects. That’s ’cause I found another one while I was writing this post.
This is definitely the KAL for me.