As every knitter knows, the only thing better than luxury yarn is free luxury yarn. In preparation for our Belon Shawl KAL on Ravelry in September, we’re giving away 5 lots of 2 balls of Kiwi Lace weight from Zealana. This gorgeous yarn is a unique blend of 40% New Zealand merino, 30% organic cotton, and 30% New Zealand possum, and is also machine washable. 2 balls gives you almost 450 yards–perfect for your own version of Belon!
The contest will be conducted on Facebook. The drawings will be done from everyone who has signed up for my newsletter. If you sign up for the newsletter PRIOR to Monday, August 12 at 12:01 am, you will also get the Belon pattern if you win. If you do it after 12:01 am on August 12, then you are just eligible for yarn. This contest is being done to accomplish a few things.
- First, I have yarn that is just sitting in my office not being used, and I hate that.
- Second, it is an opportunity to see if my customers are interested in things like contests (send me an email or create a comment below to let me know).
- Third, five people will get to try out a yarn I really love, at no risk.
- Fourth, I am entertaining the idea of selling kits for some of my projects (again, let me know!).
- And Fifth, I hope that at least some of those winners will feel obligated to knit along with me on a Belon knitalong (join my Ravelry group!).
You can see from my blog post on this back in July 2012, the entire shawl took me 12.5 hours to knit. Now it will likely take longer this time because I’m not going to sit and knit it in a weekend like I had to to finish a sample for a photo shoot, but really the 15 hours I’m estimating isn’t that long. I’m doing it out of Kiwi instead of Black Pearl because I have Kiwi and I don’t have Black Pearl. So I get to do a little stash busting and knit the same pattern, only different.
One of the things that a knitalong provides, aside from company, is that I give you tips, provide a framework by giving class notes, and check in with blog posts and photos of my own progress. So I’m figuring we can knock this one out in a month. That means just 3.75 hours of knitting over 4 weeks, or 30 minutes a day! That is totally doable for me. I usually have a couple of nights when I don’t get knitting done, but then have one or two when I get an hour or more, so less than four hours in a week works. Like many of my projects, this starts at the widest point and works to a much smaller number of stitches. So as our knitting progresses, progress will seem to come much more quickly. And unlike some of my projects, this one doesn’t have that many stitches. Cast on 72 and at the most, there are 132 stitches!