The Secret of the Stole II KAL (knit a long) is coming to a close this week and after nine weeks of receiving bits and pieces of the pattern, the members finally have the final chart to complete their lace stoles. One of the questions most asked is “Why, do you do it?”.
Why Designer’s Like Knit-a-long’s
For me, the designer, there are several reasons. The knit a long format gives me a way to try out new designs and new concepts in knitting techniques. Even though my designs are test knitted prior to the knit a long, when it begins I have access to a couple of thousand test knitters, all at varying skill levels to help me make my patterns even better.
Have You Made Any New Friends
Another reason I like to run them is that some of those knitters become my global friends. Mr. K and I have knitting friends all around the globe now and that is priceless. We have participants from all over Europe, the USA, Asia, Africa and sometimes very exotic places that I have to go look up on a map. I hope you have made friends a long the way as well.
Learning Something New is Fun
The main reason I create and enjoy participating in knit a longs, however, is one you might not expect. I absolutely love to see or hear from people when they think they cannot do something and, through a little effort and explanation, realize that they can and it wasn’t as huge and scary as it looked. That is why the format of the knit a long works so well.
Something new is learned by every member, without exception. It may be that you learn how to do a particular stitch that is new to you. You may learn about a specific technique, like placing beads in your knitting or installing a lifeline. You may ultimately learn that the particular knitting style that is involved in the knit a long is just not for you, like lace for example. Regardless, just by being a member we learn something. That is my favorite part of the Secret of the Stole knit a longs!
If you were a member of the Secret of the Stole II KAL, or any other recent knit a long by any designer, what did you learn?