MKAL’s; What Do You Think?

Geogradients clue 3 in progress

What do you think about the MKAL trend? I have never been a joiner and thus far have not paid much attention to the MKAL thing. I did join one or two about ten or fifteen years ago, before they were as popular. I had mixed experiences and figured they aren’t for me.


This is the first time since then that I have felt drawn to participate in an MKAL. It has been a fun change of pace. I am not a big fan of the constant changing of colors and weaving in the ends. It is otherwise entertaining and I love how it looks. I have been working on my Geogradients shawl exclusively when time permits. I am halfway through with Clue 3 at this point.

I do love how the colors look together. This is going to be a spectacular shawl! I saw a knitter wearing one this past weekend at the East Texas Fiber Festival. I wish I had thought to ask for a picture of hers because it was beautiful!

Travel and Knitting

I should have a lot of knitting time for the next couple of days. I am camped out in a hotel this week in between festivals. As I mentioned above, I was at the ETFF last week and I will be vending at the NWA Fiber Fest this coming weekend.

I drove straight to Fayetteville, AR from Texas yesterday. I am comfortably settled in at a hotel with a full kitchen so I did some grocery shopping when I arrived. I will definitely not starve, LOL! I think I may have over bought. It’s still hard for me to shop and cook for one after all my years of cooking for a crew. No worries though, I can take anything I don’t use home. I am glad I don’t have to venture out each day to get restaurant food. It’s okay to do that occasionally, but it gets to be a chore when it’s a daily necessity. I doubt I will even leave my room until Thursday when it’s time to set up the booth.


So, getting back to the MKAL topic, I have another one that I am sort of involved with. I may not join in on the knitting this time but I have been invited to provide Yarn Sets for the NYE MKAL. Hilary Latimer of Criminal Knits is putting on her annual NYE (New Years Eve) MKAL with the theme of Postcards from Abroad. The idea is to imagine your dream vacation destination if money and time were no object. She is launching the pattern clues on NYE, but signups are open now. She hosts her signups and discussions from her group on Ravelry. If you are tempted by the prospect of knitting a big, colorful shawl this winter, go check it out!

Here’s a sampling of a few of the Yarn Sets that I put together. Click the link to all view twenty-one sets. :-)

4 thoughts on “MKAL’s; What Do You Think?

  1. I love how your shawl is happening! As for me, the MKAL model is not for me, I get too stressed about perfection (I never am), and keeping up. I knit too fast and too slow for group knitting!!
    Enjoy your hotel isolation! To me, a week alone eating what I want when I want, binge watching some shows on TV while knitting seems like a slice of Heaven!!

    1. Thank you! My thing about MKAL’s is more to do with not liking surprises and being a loner by nature. I kinda agree with you on the hotel isolation. It is an introvert’s nirvana, but at the same time, I do miss home. 😊

  2. I’m not interested in competitive knitting and that’s what the MKALs always seemed like to me. I’ve never participated – I like to not be on a deadline, I knit when and what I want. I’m such a rebel. :)

    1. I agree. I don’t feel like I am competing with mine, or I wouldn’t be doing it. I am, however, ready to be done with it and move on, so there’s that. 😊

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