Hey there knitters and hangers-on! It looks like a lot of people are interested in participating in my second annual Tour de France Knit Along (KAL). This year’s subject is my new Sunflower Field pattern. Here’s a shot of my second version done from 2.2 skeins of Alchemy Silken Straw:
For simplicity’s sake (so my head doesn’t explode), the KAL’s going to be run over in my Ravelry group. If you’re not already a member, it’s free to sign up. Amy (innovadog) has done a great job setting things up. Come on in and introduce yourselves!
Here’s how those actually knitting in the KAL can participate:
Step 2: Choose your yarn and needles.
Step 3: On July 2nd, start knitting! Participation in the discussion & chatter in the group isn’t mandatory, but it will be fun.
Step 4: Add your project into Ravelry (status: In Progress & start date of July 2 or later) and update it when you’re done (before July 24th), or just update it with your progress.
Yellow Jersey: There will be a thread in my Ravelry group specifically for Finished Objects (FOs). Please post there when you’re done and encourage your friends & family to click the (love) button for your entry. Most votes = winner!
Green Jersey: I’ll randomly select a winner from the first 5 folks to upload a picture of their finished object & mark their project as Finished.
Polka Dot Jersey: There will be a thread in the Ravelry Group for people who encounter difficulties along the way. Write one entry in this thread & add to it if you encounter more issues. The post with the most (love) wins, ties to be broken by a random draw.
White Jersey: If you’re new to lace or new to knitting, add a “white-jersey” tag to your project, and I’ll randomly select a winner from those rookies who finish.
Lanterne Rouge: If you start the KAL but don’t finish by July 24th make sure your project page is up to date in Ravelry and I’ll do a draw from everyone who’s got a project “In Progress” that was started July 2 or later.
This is for those who can’t participate, but want to play anyway! You can earn entries in the following ways:
It’s all yarn, as described in my previous blog post: Malabrigo Lace, Trekking, my own handspun, Lorna’s Laces sock, Sundara Sock, Turtlepurl Yarns, Madelinetosh, Fleece Artist, and more. There’s something for everyone and a good range of colours. Winners can choose from the prize pool (in the order yellow, green, polka dot, white, then lanterne rouge, then spectators) & I’ll send them the yarn.
I can’t wait! And my PVR is all set to pick up the first week’s stages in the Tour de France. It’s going to be a good time, and I’ll be rooting for team Leopard-Trek. With the Schlecks & Cancellara it should be great!