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Tour de France Knit Along

Updated: 2016-01-12T19:57:56.583+01:00


2011 Tour de France Knit Along


Bonjour tout le monde!

The 2011 Tour de France Knit Along will be happening on Ravelry. Signups will be open for a few more days. To take part, please visit the Tour de France Knit Along Ravelry Group. If you're not already a member of Ravelry, joining is easy!

2010 Tour de France Knit Along


Bonjour tout le monde!

The 2010 Tour de France Knit Along will be happening on Ravelry. Signups will be open for a few more days. To take part, please visit the Tour de France Knit Along Ravelry Group. If you're not already a member of Ravelry, joining is easy!

2009 Tour de France Knit Along


Bonjour tout le monde!

The 2009 Tour de France Knit Along will be happening on Ravelry. Signups will be opening shortly. To take part, please visit the Tour de France Knit Along Ravelry Group. If you're not already a member of Ravelry, joining is easy!

Nous avons une gagneuse!


She's the Mark Cavendish of the Tour knitting world! Introducing back-to-back intermediate sprint winner Caffeine Faerie!

Caffeine Faerie's parade of FOs down the Champs-Elysees just pipped Madalyn's commentaire a la Bob Roll by just three votes on the finish line - the closest in TDFKAL recorded history!

Felicitations to our winners, runners-up, finalists, and all our participants!

Rest Day


Bonjour knitters! We hope by now you have enjoyed a refreshing few days recovering from the gruelling tour! We have finally managed to choose our shortlist of contenders for the final prize in this year's KAL. We were struck by how many of you found an inspiring example in poor old John-Lee Augustyn's* Stage 16 dive over the side of the Col de la Bonette - and why not? It is one of the most memorable moments from this year's tour!Without further ado, the finalists are...(click on the link to go directly to their Final Sprint entry!)Mari's stage-by-stage recap of the Clap[otis]Riggwelter's mountain top experiences with laceMadalyn's take on Craig and Bob's knitting commentaryCaffeine Faerie's parade down the Champs-ElyseesHelene/Furry with Ruffles' sprint finish (move over Thor!)Vote below for your favourite! Remember, every vote counts and these ladies are battling it out for a real-life actual in-the-flesh Tour de France souvenir brought back for us from France by two-time Tour participant, Heather! Polls will stay open until midnight (PARIS TIME) on August 7th. Clickez-vous! Vote here for your favourite Intermediate Sprint entry! ( polls)And here are some updates from the tireless knitters!Team Lampre update: No day of rest for many Team Lampre members. Natalie seeks advice: she is soooo close to finishing the second sock but is nearly out of green yarn. What to do???Donni will be away for a few days at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show helping a friend sell fiber. Down time (if any) will be spent working on the February Lady Sweater.Stacey has finished the yoke of her FLS. Check her blog to see the gorgeous child's sock she's completed, as well as the roadbike her husband built for her!Speed knitter Donna has now finished one front side of Tempest while watching a swimming meet.Kristen is relieved to be past the underarm decreases on the back of the Hand in Hand vest.No Rest For Leaky Gas! Some of us re fair motoring along and letting things go to their heads. Regardez ce beau chapeau!Et regardez Linz! Bonjour Linz! Votre béret semble beau :-)Linz has christened this "Le Hobnob Beret" :-) Now you tell me who doen't love hobnobs, specially chocolate ones!Tanya is knitting a Clapotis and it's looking beautiful. Tanya is using a chocolate chubby sock yarn from The Knittery, and it looks lovely stuff.And just look at Amy's beautiful burgundy socks :-) Your feet feel all snuggly and cosy just looking at them don't they. Garmin sends cheers for VdV and hopes for the yellow!For le Maillot Vert Heather cruised through the back of Notre Dame de Grace,and in fear she would run out of yarn, cast on and started the neck opening early. Like blowing a tire she had to go to the roadside where she ripped back a few times before successHer Knit Picks Options needles pulled out of the metal connector end nearly spilling stitches. Like a good cyclist she switched to an new bike and kept going.Photograping this yarn has been a problem and one sleeve seems more green than its counterpart which seems more blue. But she has accpted the quirks of her glorious Wollmeise and will carry on. C’est la vie!Nikki has been Frying Oreos and letting her sweater trail the peloton. She did buy the size 7 dpn’s so not all is least an Oreo was fried!!Our Norma is convinced she is a Luddite but as far as we can see she has persevered amazingly with a bactch of problems, with Picasa. posting photos, having stories deleted. and getting herself on Ravelry . .and through it all, her photos are great, and her knitting is beautiful. It is also very French!!Rosemary’s Maillot Dentelle was a W.I.P.She got the back finished during the Grand Depart Brittany stages and has been steaming up the left front. While watching stage 9, she increased for the sleeves and pushed ahead for the uphill finish of a much wider piece. After nearly 10cm (or should that be km?) she realised she had forgotten the neck shaping and had to rip it back again. [...]

Stage Ten: Pau > Hautacam


Les montagnes are getting tres difficile, no? Today's stage takes us to Pau, a noble city that boasts the Chateau de Pau, birthplace of Henry IV and a summer retreat for Napoleon. In addition to being a favorite city for the Tour, it also held the first Grand Prix race in 1901, and still holds Formula Three (?) races today. Hautacam is a ski resort, but for us it holds the distinction of predicting who might win the Tour's maillot jaune. Each time a stage ends here, whomever is wearing the yellow jersey goes on to win: Go Cadel!!!! [Ed note: I don't pretend to be impartial. I want Cadel to WIN! He came in second last year].Remy DiGregorio (Francaise des Jeux) was first over Col du Tourmalet, winning the 5000 Euro Jacques Godet prize. He held his lead for some time on the way to the Hautacam, before he was caught by Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval), Juan Cobo (Saunier Duval) and Frank Schleck (CSC). Then Schleck too was dropped, and Piepoli made it to the finish first, winning Stage 10. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) crossed over the line in eighth place, earning enough time to displace Kim Kirchen (Columbia) and take the yellow jersey.Standings:Yellow: Cadel Evans!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Silence-Lotto)Green: Oscar Freire (Rabobank)Polka Dot/KOM: Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval)White: Riccardo Ricco (Saunier Duval)Team: Saunier DuvalLantern Rouge: holding steady at 169th place overall, it's still Wim Vansevenant (Silence-Lotto)ETA: With all the excitement over CADEL, I forgot to wish all French riders, knitters, and everyone else a Happy Bastille Day! The feu d'artifice will be tres beau ce soir!!Team Lampre update: Donni took a little sidetrip from her TdK project and finished this gorgeous emerald Alhambra scarf.Natalie has reached the ribbing of her finish-the-WIPs sock and should be done in no time!It's back to the drawing board for Cindy . She found that the Stargate motif was turning out too wide, but with tweaking we know she'll be back on course. Harki the lab once again provides a sense of scale.Donna finds the challenge of completing a project in a given time frame is inspiring her knitting. She finds the Louet linen perfect for knitting in the summer heat and is looking for another summery project to knit with it. As I am TV-less, she filled our team in on Team Lampre's showing in the actual Tour, as I'd noticed the Team name is conspicuously absent in Meg and Debby's posts! : "Well, yes, the uniforms are eye-popping but that seems to be the main thing they have going on. They do have a guy in 16th (?might have changed?) in the overall general classification. So who knows, we may hear more from them yet. "Team FDJ News:Here is an update from Lynn, including the perils of trying to knit, watch the Tour and eat breakfast at the same time:"Because I am working nights I am only just up in time to see ITV4 7pm show. So between trying to eat my breakfast, squitting at the screen trying to locate our riders ( would be alot easier if they were in a different colour shirts) - I keep mixing them up from the front with CSC riders and knitting. I am making some progress with my shrug - possibley finished tomorrow. Also tomorrow my sock yarn will be wound using nephew power, hope it works better than last time as my nosterpinne almost got used in a manner it was not designed for, however a little bribery and correpution (extra pocket money) should help. So I should be able to make a start on the cuffs while waiting for some needles to arrive. The cuffs are beaded and lace knitting. So from Sunday morning I am on 4 rest days before I have to go back to nights on Thursday."Janine has made some more progress on the Clapotis, and is up to the 10th repeat of the straight section. That works out to one repeat per stage of the Tour so far!Jen has made some great progress on her yellow cable socks:Although she is currently being distracted from knitting by a new iPhone. But she'll be back on the bike in no time[...]