I don't think I've ever shared this project on my blog before, but last year as the Tour de France cycling race began, I cast myself on a new project - Caramel, by Isabell Kraemer. It was my first time attempting such a big project by myself, but by the time I knitted the final sleeve, I realised that the design didn't suit my body shape and I had to frog the entire garment. For those that haven't watched the race before, it runs for 3 weeks and is broadcast here in Australia every night, at a very late hour. Most nights I didn't stay awake to watch the entire broadcast and other nights I was tucked up in bed before it even started, but mostly I squished in a good 5 hours of knitting each night.
I took that photo above (on the left) just before I unravelled the cardigan and funnily enough, I wasn't upset at all about having to frog it. Well, there was disappointment that I'd put so much work into something that didn't suit me, but by knitting the Caramel it really taught me a lot of new techniques that I wanted to learn. I'm going to do a few baby knits (not for me!) out of the remaining yarn and of course some of it has already been used up in my Maritime Cowl.
As this year's Tour de France has crept closer I've been thinking about doing myself another big project, like this Ambrosia cardigan that's in my Ravelry queue. But, over the last day or so, I've decided to work on a few smaller projects instead.
The first one I'm casting on is an Avalon for myself. I bought the pattern on Ravelry and it comes with a scarf or shawl version - I'm going to do the scarf, using some beautiful Madeline Tosh Light merino wool that I treated myself to recently. I've never knitted anything with this yarn before and am excited to start, it feels heavenly soft to touch!
I'm guessing since this is 4 ply and a 220cm scarf (36cm width) that I might be a while, but with a good 5 or so knitting hours per night, times 21 days, that's a whole lot of knitting time! So, I'm being optimistic and hoping that I'll also be able to do a couple of other small projects as well. I'll save those for another blog post though.
So do tell, are you planning to watch the Tour this year? If so, will you have a creative project to work on while you watch?