Have you done a KAL or CAL before? A KAL is a knit a long, CAL is crochet a long, and they can be internet based or done by a knit group. The idea is that a group of people knit or crochet the same pattern at the same time. It's a good way to make the most of the community aspect of our crafts - and it's fun to see how different yarn choices make the same pattern look different.
A MKAL is a type of KAL with a twist - it's a mystery! You don't know what the finished object should look like when it's finished. So you are taking a risk. But luckily it's just knitting - you can undo it if you hate it! The mystery aspect definitely adds a fun element to the whole thing. Mystery KALs tend to be for accessories rather than garments - they don't take huge amounts of yarn & are always suitable for gifting if they're not quite to your taste.
Woolly Wormhead does a MKAL every November. These have produced some seriously beautiful hats! This will be the 7th year, and I'm in! The pattern will go on sale soon and knitting starts on Nov 1st. All we know is that it's a hat, there are 2 styles and we will need 100g 4ply (or fingering weight) yarn. I have treated myself to a skein of gorgeous Malabrigo sock from The Wool Stop in Violeta Africana. It's a lovely hand dyed purple. Yes I know I have a lot of purple knits. But I wear them all the time! In fact the last hat I made is also purple - I may have a problem!
While I was thinking about Woolly's Hat a long, I had a quick look at other MKALs and stumbled upon one by a designer that's new to me. It only cost $2, it's mittens, and the clincher - the name! Marie Curie MKAL, run in the 'Made with love & science' group. You might not know that I did a chemistry degree - and Marie Curie is a total girl crush for most women scientists. The only woman to have won two nobel prizes, and in two different disciplines, she was amazing. Working with her husband, she discovered radioactivity and unusually for the time worked on a par with men. How could I resist!
I'm loving these mittens. There's colourwork, cables and beading. I wasn't going to bother with the beads until I saw the second clue which has just been released and realised what the beads were for. I'll be buying some beads tomorrow!
I'll show you pictures when the pattern is complete. Until then - if you fancy some interesting colourwork mittens which will look gorgeous even without the added geeky excitement of knowing what the pattern is - there really is no excuse not to buy this pattern!
I'll be back soon - I have to tell you what I think of Kat Goldin's new book. That may be connected to my new purple hat.....