I have been planning my entry for some time. When Team Credit Agricole were discussing our entries I mentioned that I wanted to try proper lace knitting but was sure I was going to be falling off my imaginary bike rather often and asked for good remedies for gravel rash. Someone suggested Germolene so I decided that my project would be called Le Germolene. Now I remember that Germolene is a rather revolting shade of pink and was certainly not intending to spend hours sweating over something that would end up looking like a giant tongue. However, someone reminded me that Germolene comes in rather elegant little blue and cream tins.
I discussed my ideas with Natalie from the Yarn Yard and look what she came up with, a lovely semi solid lace weight yarn with subtle shades of blue and cream.
Luckily the yarn arrived on Saturday morning so I was able to wind half of it into a ball ready for the off. Half of it, mind you, is still 1000m so I felt like I'd had a jolly good cycle before I even picked up a needle.
In another fit of bravura I decided that not only was I going to have my first go with very fine lace weight knitting, I was going to design my own pattern. Whilst I had some vague ideas in my head I hadn't actually sat down and planned anything out. I hastily grabbed a couple of my favourite source books for lace patterns.
The shawl is going to be rectangular with motifs representing the King of the Mountains, the Time Trial, the Peleton and Le Grand Depart, surrounded by a knitted on border of celebratory bunting. I've chosen my stitch patterns, drafted out the design and cast on. Swatches, in this circumstance, I thought, are for wimps. Oh Dear. Just wait for me to fall off really badly.
I cast on just over a hundred stitches and worked a couple of rows. How could anyone possibly enjoy knitting with this stuff? I was hanging on to it so tight I was exhausted... I almost gave up then and there but in the spirit of the King of the Mountains I pressed on and have produced... a whole inch of crumpled fabric, lousy with stitch markers. Not much sign of creative symbolism there...