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Risking the MKAL


Ysolda announced that she is doing an MKAL, and I am very drawn to participate. I'm not sure why, since usually I ma very controlling about what I knit. Also, there have been some dreadful shawl MKALs, including the Stephen West one that came out looking like lady bits, and What the Fade, which I loved knitting, but is just a giant triangle shawl in brioche and garter. I can only image receiving a  clue every week that says 'keep knitting the same, but in a different colour".
Healing Salt
I digress. Having decided that I MUST participate, I very quickly realised I don't have anything even near suitable on hand. Time to buy yarn. It's a three colour shawl, calling for a subtle gradient. I went with Miss Babs, partly because I like her as a dyer, and partly because she has a neat feature on her website where you can compare colours.

True or False
And I chose a grellow theme, because I don't have any grellow in my life. I fell in love with the Healing Salt colour and then matched the others to it.

Everglades
It's still three weeks to the start, and I'm so looking forward to it. Even if the final result isn't what I would normally choose I think the process will be a lot of fun. Which is a strange thought for a product knitter, but it's so relaxing to sink into the process and not worry about the outcome for a change.

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