When you can't keep up, you... cheat! This is going to sound like cheating, but really, I wouldn't call it that:
I planned a KAL with a friend to start in March. (I'm too busy to get to it before then, I said.) We've wanted to do something with beads. Really couldn't make a decision about the project, so I wait until said KAL friend goes away for the weekend, to be distracted by Vogue Live (NYC) and then I pounce! I stumble upon the pattern I want (even though she insists that it was her idea all along) and I go ahead and cast on, knit row one, and JUST to see if it's really what I want, I start row 2 to get the feel of beads. And to evaluate the straw color with green beads. (I have a stashed dark blue/green, too.)
I'll be away from this project for about 3 weeks, so I'm giving KAL friend a chance to catch up.
Here it is:
Let me tell you, it's going to take quite awhile at one bead out of 644 beads, using size 11 hook.
Pattern: Oslo Walk Shawl by Susanna IC from Interweave Knits, Winter 2010
Yarn: Lace Solids by Misti Alpaca Lace / 2 ply 100% Alpaca 437 yards