Dial M for Mystery

I thought I didn’t like it when the letter ‘M’ is prefixed to make-along projects – not knowing what I’m signing up for would drive me crazy. However, it looks like I’m drawn to it this year. I’ve been enjoying the MSAL sampler cross stitch project from Linen and Threads since Jan, and now I’ve decided to go for an MKAL shawl project by designer Susanna and Interweave.

I’m nowhere near done with my current entrelac project, but I’d been thinking of knitting a shawl next, since monsoon would start by then, bringing in frequent cool weather. Right in time to save me all the researching, there’s this article from Interweave announcing the MKAL. I went through Susanna’s other designs, and thought ‘why not?’

Entrelac Pullover progress
My current project – the entrelac pullover. I’m almost done knitting the non-entrelac section of the front. Once this is done, I’ll start the back, which is plain stockinette. Then finally, the sleeves. Phew! Much to knit, but I’m happy knitting this version since I’m much more satisfied with the section joins compared to the previous version.

As usual, I see that the recommended materials for the MKAL – Cascade yarns, in this case – are not available where I live (unless at ridiculously expensive prices because ‘imported’), so I found alternatives. I ordered equivalent fingering weight yarn in mercerized cotton, with weight and length comparable to the recommended yarn. I also had to choose a color scheme different from the one in the project –

Interweave + Susanna MKAL - My Colors

I’m hoping that the project won’t turn out too difficult to make, or too different than what’s it supposed to be, because of my changes. And if it does, it’s fine. I’ll take a call after seeing how it comes along.

The MKAL starts in June, and will have a total of 4 weekly posts. I’m not sure I’ll knit fast enough to finish it in one month. I’m also not sure if my entrelac sweater will be done before I start the shawl, especially since this month’s SAL section is a larger one. Since I’ve decided this year to stop stressing out about deadlines, self-imposed or otherwise, I’m just going to knit as much as I can, probably even switch between my projects, and enjoy what I do the entire time. πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Dial M for Mystery

  1. So I see it’s a year for pushing your boundaries with all the mystery projects! For me it’s great, I’ll be waiting for new updates eagerly πŸ™‚ And I love your colour choices!

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    1. Definitely taking risks with these, and hoping I like what they offer. πŸ™‚ The yarn arrived yesterday, and I just love the colors and the texture!

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    1. Thank you! I hope the rest of the entrelac project goes faster since it’s plain stockinette. And I hope the shawl turns out good, I can’t wait to see it either! πŸ™‚


  2. You’ve been venturesome with your crafts this year. I’m loving your SAL piece, The colors are so vibrant. I’ll be very interested to see how the entrelac sweater looks finished. I appreciate your sense of adventure to go in new directions.
    I’ve gone outside my comfort zone knitting-wise, this year, too, making complicated things from other people’s patterns, and taking bits and pieces I’d learned from doing that and combining them into my own work. I’ve not done any “ALs” though, because ongoing events in my life make it hard to be able to set time aside to work on something on a regular and consistent basis.

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    1. Thank you, I’m happy to have finally started liking my color choices too. πŸ™‚
      I like your assimilating process. It’s very satisfying when you see all the knowledge you’ve accumulated result in a thing – anything.
      And I so agree about the deadlines – that’s why the decision to make the project but ignore the deadline if I can’t meet it – it’s not like the KAL police would be after me! πŸ˜‰


  3. That’s the problem with anything-along, isn’t it? It really puts the pressure on. The mystery type just don’t interest me much because it drives me crazy to not have all the info up front. I can see why other people would get into them, though.

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    1. The mystery usually drives me crazy too, and that’s why I’ve decided to embrace this surprising change in me while it lasts. πŸ˜‰ Somehow, I’m looking forward more to the knitting than the finished item.
      Lately, I’ve been seeing more crafters enjoying the crafting, which is good, and not meeting deadlines or churning out products is not considered a ‘failure’. Let’s see how this project treats its participants. πŸ™‚ In the worst case, I’d rather continue to enjoy a project by myself than stress out about deadlines in a community.

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