Tour de France KAL preview: a look at the past and the prizes

It’s June. In two and a half weeks the Tour de France begins, and with it my annual shawl KAL. Every July since 2010 I’ve created a shawl pattern inspired by something French, and this year is no different. My past inspirations have come from architecture (Eiffel Tower Shawl, Père Lachaise Shawl, Labrouste), archaeology (Childeric’s Bees), agriculture (Sunflower Fields Shawl) and even the Tour de France itself (Peloton).

This year the inspiration for my shawl comes from Neolithic times – around 3500 BC. Gavrinis in Brittany is the site of an ancient passage tomb. It’s now on an island, but it was once connected to the mainland. The stones inside the passage of the tomb are covered with intricate carvings. They’re amazing.

Some of the carvings are meant to represent axes. These came close to making it on the shawl, but in the end it didn’t work.

Gavrinis Axes

Some of them remind me of fingerprints. These are referred to in the interpretive material as shields. These symbols form the basis of this year’s design:

Gavrinis picture from Wikipedia user Athinaios

That’s it for today for design hints. I’ll show you the full thing next week when I’ve taken the formal pictures! The pattern itself has options: it can be worked as a semi-circle or as a rectangle, and is suitable for solid or semi-solid yarn in lace weight or fingering weight.

While you’re pondering your stash, here, let me distract you with a look at the prizes for the KAL. Here’s the yarny goodness – as well as a copy of Franklin Habit’s new colouring book, I Dream of Yarn. It’s all up for grabs.

prizes for Natalie Servant's 2016 Tour de France KAL

The yarn includes (from left to right): Belisa Blend, Silent Valley Alpaca, Indigodragonfly Lace, Malabrigo Sock, Old Maiden Aunt, Sundara Silk, Rhichard Devrieze Peppino, Tosh Sock, Sweet Georgia Merino Silk Lace, Alchemy Juniper, Posh Yarn Olivia Sock.

As in other years, there will be prizes for both participants and spectators. Stay turned to the blog & I’ll give you the full scoop on all of the prizes & what you can do for a chance to win them.

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One Response to Tour de France KAL preview: a look at the past and the prizes

  1. Barbara Claridge says:

    This is so exciting, Natalie. I can’t wait to join in the fun once again. The prizes look amazing, as usual. Only a few more sleeps until the shawl photos are seen!!!