Just a few tips on how to have a surprise outcome on a knitting project:
Don't follow directions; use the wrong yarn and then run out; buy discontinued labels; buy different color lots; don't make gauge swatches; oh, and your knitting teacher could pass away before you finish the design-as-you-go sweater that only she knew what to do next. Also, don't measure, and make stuff too big -- or -- be too afraid to measure, and make stuff too small.
I bought and knitted up about half as much yarn as the shawl needed, I realized after reading the directions better. The result is a funky neckerchief that needs a single button. I love the yellow but it's too big to go through the other side . . . so yellow, it'll probably be, by hook or by crook . . . grrrrr.
I really do love a good surprise!