Do you ever have an idea that you just can’t get out of your head? I recently read the article on MDK’s website Confessions of a Test Knitter and I couldn’t stop thinking about signing up for a test knit of my own. On the one hand, it could be a great way to meet designers and work with a group of people all knitting the same thing at the same time. I could just do a regular old knit-along, but I felt like a test would be even better. On the other, there’s always the chance that being a test-knitter would take knitting, the one thing in my life that is purely for enjoyment, and turn it into a pressure-filled nightmare with a deadline. Leave it to me to make everything I touch into a type-A stress fest! I truly didn’t know how I would feel, but I thought I’d have to try it once to know for sure.
To this end, I’ve been keeping an eye out for test calls from some of my favorite designers on Instagram. I also signed up to be a tester with Yarn Pond, and checked out a few Ravelry boards for testers. And then yesterday I just got notified that I’m going to be a test knitter for Milly’s Knit Designs Eckert Shawl.
It’s a beautiful shawl that comes in three sizes: shawlette, triangular shawl, and giant rectangular shawl. I decided to start small and go with the shawlette. I’ll be knitting it in Walcot Yarns Opus in the Plum colorway. Hopefully within the week I will have both yarn and pattern in hand and can cast on!. Have you ever been a test-knitter? What did you think? I would love to hear your experience in the comments.