I have a confession to make
I am a self-identified garment knitter, but I have not touched my sweater WIPs in over a month. I'm just feeling entirely unmotivated by them. At the same time I have an itch to knit something huge and lovely, so I have been knitting shawls.
In the past I've dabbled in shawl knitting with a few here and there, but I felt like if I was going to spend the money on three skeins of fingering weight I should at least get a pretty cardigan out of it. Maybe it's because my changing body has me feeling uneasy about the life expectancy of my sweaters. Maybe it's the victory high of finishing not only my Drachenfels but also my Settler Shawl, which has been kicking around the UFO bin for a while, and actually loving it. Or maybe it's the fact that shawls just fit well with my current wardrobe. But for whatever reason I've become shawl obsessed.
So obsessed in fact that I've sort of dragged my friends into the madness. I've had this beautiful skein of Hedgehog and all but untouched skein of Copper Corgi leftover from my Peaceful Pullover that I've wanted to combine into a three color shawl. I just needed the third color. When we went to Warm N Fuzzy last weekend I just knew I had to find a yarn, which is how I justified that skein of Life in the Long Grass. I came home, spent two hours searching patterns, and realized that what I really wanted to knit was a Color Affection. I tweeted something out to this effect and my friend Kristen responded saying she's been wanting to do the same so maybe we should have an unofficial KAL? Next thing you know we had pulled Maria into the mix and the #welcometo2011KAL was born.
If you have any interest in joining us, please do. There are no deadlines or any official organization. It's just a bunch of friends knitting away on what is really turning out to be one of the most addictive knits ever (I know, you already knew this, but we're five years behind, remember). I have this crazy idea in the back of my mind that I'm going to finish it this month, but I'm pretty sure that's because I've already planned my next shawl cast-on. Because I am a crazy person. Never forget.