I am still in that stage of knitting where I want to DO ALL THE THINGS. As a result, I listen to a lot of podcasts, go to a lot of festivals, take a lot of classes, and participate in a lot of KALs and contests. Working towards a goal keeps me motivated and I like the camaraderie that comes with competing against others in a fun way. Unfortunately, though, I don’t have unlimited time to devote to my crafty pursuits, so I have to be strategic in my planning when it comes to how to win. Sure, sure…it’s not a contest you say. But it is! Even if it is just with yourself. 🙂
Anyway, one of the ways I like to be able to participate in more than one KAL at a time is to find KALs where I can overlap my knitting and be eligible for more than one KAL with the same project. For example, this summer I am going to do three KALs concurrently. They are:
- 2016 Splash Pad Party by the Down Cellar Studio podcast
- Stash Dash by The Knit Girlls podcast
The Splash Pad Party and Stash Dash are both really easy to participate in, and you don’t have to work on specific projects. Any WIP you complete will qualify you for either entries in the Splash Pad Party or meters for the Stash Dash, provided your WIP meets the requirements. So if I finish say, my fair isle sweater, I can count that project as an entry in both KALs. Tour-de-Sock is a little different in that you knit specific patterns that are released, but since the other two KALs are not project specific, I could knit a pair of socks for Tour-de-Sock and count it for all three KALs.
Do check the rules for the specific KAL or contest you enter. Sometimes rules will prohibit double dipping on entries, but there are a lot of fun KALs out there that don’t. The ones that are less restrictive are the ones that I find I have the most fun in, because I do better when I can knit what I want rather than something specific. So be strategic! Be crafty! Be cunning! And WIN ALL THE THINGS!