This year’s design is a semi-circular shawl inspired by the shapes of the peloton during the race. I am estimating that you will need 100 – 200g of fingering weight yarn. 100g of fingering weight yarn will get you a smallish shawlette, while using almost 200g will get you a bigger shawl. There is also the possibility of using a number of different colours (up to 4, because there are 4 sections). More on that later.
Today we are here to consider why on earth you’d take on the challenge of knitting a large shawl watching while some of the world’s best cyclists are rushing around England and France. That’s easy: prizes (yarn)!
I had a critical look at my stash before the move. I gave some yarn away, sold other yarn, but I reserved the best yarn for prizes for the KAL. I’ve got a range of colours in lace and fingering weight from some great dyers. Here’s the group shot:
Let me take you through the yarn skein by skein. First, there’s a trio from Indigodragonfly. There are a pair of Princess Bride-named skeins of merino/silk lace. It’s 50% merino/50% silk and comes in at 658m/720yd in 100g. There is My Name is Indigo Montoya, which is a little more blue than this shows:
And the second skein is a lovely silvery grey called “Have Fun Storming The Castle“.
The third skein is Merino Silk 4 ply Sock (50% merino/50% silk) and 393m/430yd per 100g. This one is “I’ve Never Been Up With People Before. (Buffy)“.
Continuing the Canadian yarns, I’ve got a sunny skein of Hand Maiden Swiss Mountain Sea Sock (say that 10 times fast), (51% silk, 29% superwash merino, 20% seacell) and 400m/100g.
Then we move on to Fleece Artist. The first skein is one that makes me think of crows and ravens. It is Saldanha Two, a lace weight 100% merino yarn with 800m/100g.
The second bundle from Fleece Artist is a pair of coordinating bases: Merino + Angel Hair. There is a skein of fingering weight merino – about 350m/115g – and a skein of lace weight Angel Hair (70% mohair, 30% nylon) – about 440yd/400m in 50g. This is the yarn I used ages ago for Tudor Ruffles.
Now we move on to dyers from the US. First up is a skein of Angel Face from Briar Rose Fibers. This lace weight yarn is 100% alpaca and about 2500yd/2286m in 228g.
I have this lovely skein of Foot Notes Batik in Ultraviolet from Fiber Optic Yarns (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon, 420yd/381m in 114g). It’s hard to capture the deep purply-blue of this skein. I love it, but I haven’t knit it yet and perhaps you will.
Then I have a pair of yarns from Madelinetosh. First up is an almost pinky skein of Tosh Sock in Dusk (100% superwash merino, 395yd/100g).
Then I have Tosh Lace in Alabaster (100% superwash merino, 950yd/868m per 100g). It’s a little less yellow in person.
Finally, from Germany, I’ve got a skein of Wollmeise 100% Merino Superwash Sock. It is 574yd/150g and the colour is True Love. This skein came to me in the sock club and I love how rich these colours are. I had to show you both sides of this skein:
So those are the prizes that you can vie for in my KAL. As usual, there will be a number of different categories of winners, including a category for non-participants who just want to be spectators. I’m also mulling over details for a special category for past KAL knits because this is the 5th annual KAL. I’ll lay out all the categories for you next week, when I’ll also give you a preview of the shawl.