I seem to have contracted a new disease. I'm calling it KAL-itis. It's the fear of not participating in a KAL because one does not want to miss out on any fun. It may also be related to a lack of in-person knitter interaction. The only cure is to participate in a regular knit night or VKN (Virtual Knit Night). Sadly my computer does not have the memory to support VKN madness (it is still contemplating blip-induced suicide), and I exhibit incredible hermit-like tendencies, so I am stuck with a badly managed case.
Right now the problem seems to be related to socks. As it is October, this is not entirely surprising. I already mentioned my Lindsay socks for Sock the Vote, which I cast on yesterday. So far so good -- or as good as it can be with only three rows. I have to make it down to the heel turn by Monday. Why I selected such an intricate stitch pattern I cannot possibly explain.
The other KAL I've been sucked into is Liz Abinante's sOctoberfest. Similar to her Cowl KAL, she has released a free sock pattern, Neely O'Hara, which must be knit by the 16th to earn a new pattern she will be releasing mid-month. This second pattern has a value of $6, but is free if you finish one sock by the deadline. I am helpless in the face of another one of Liz's KALs and so I have cast on using my only "uncalled" skein -- the Lollipop Socks yarn that was the start of a vanilla sock in a previous life. Turns out even when I'm reading, listening to music, and functioning on four hours of sleep I still cannot handle that much stockinette. I guess that is why the Abalone from the Stockinette Zombies' KAL has hit such a rut.
For more WIPs that are probably more than a few rows of sock ribbing, check out the lovely gang over at Tami's Amis.