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September 21, 2010

hair balls can be awesome
posted by soe 12:10 am

Back in July, I signed up, as usual, for the Tour de France knit-along. My goal was to get my lace cardigan completed.

Did I finish?

Oh, no. I had two setbacks: First, I had a challenging sock test knit that arose at the last minute that took up most of my knitting time. Second, I discovered I’d made a mistake on the section I did get done. So I ripped most of it back and put the sweater into time out.

But I checked in every day on Ravelry to read others’ progress and to share thoughts on the race. I contributed two stage previews. I felt like even if I had failed in my own goals that it was a successful knit-along.

And then after the Tour ended, Avivah, a fellow knit-along member, pinged me on Ravelry. She dyes yarn and had generously decided that she was going to randomly choose a member of each “team” and send them some of her Hair Ball Yarn — and I was the winner from the Katusha team!

The package arrived last week — and what an amazing package it was!

A Prize Package

Want a closer look?

Pretty Yarns

The yarn represents the green mountain jersey, the gold winner’s jersey, blue for Katusha, and red for the polka dot sprinter jersey. The green skein is 100% superwash merino, while the other three are 60% superwash wool, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon. It’s going to be hard to knit them up because I’ll have to stop squishing them long enough to wind them into balls. I foresee some socks or perhaps a shawlette.

The package also contained these great stitch markers. How timely the week we added a new member to the household! (I write as little claws sink into my ankle…)

Kitty Stitch Markers

But, really, aren’t the labels appropriate (and adorable), too?

HairBall Yarn

Thank you, Avivah! I can’t wait to start knitting!

Category: knitting. There is/are 2 Comments.

Wow, I LOVE those colours!!

Comment by Jenn 09.21.10 @ 12:59 pm

@Jenn: Me too!

Comment by soe 09.21.10 @ 11:44 pm