Archive for the ‘poncho’ Category

Fix or Frog???

October 3, 2008

The back of the bulletproof poncho is finished and I quickly seamed it together to see if it would fit because I had my suspicions that it would not.  I pulled it on and it caught on my shoulders.  The hole for the neck was up at my chin and I have not added the turtleneck yet.  As it fits now, if I add the turtleneck it will cover my nose.  Yikes.  To fix it I will have to rip back and change the rate of decreases to make additional room for my shoulders. 

It is fixable.  But do I want to fix it?  When I tried it on there was just no excitement.  The yarn is great, love the color and love the cable but is it flattering and wearable?  I am a little blue so that may be affecting my perception of it.  When I showed it to Hub he suggested that I try it on with jeans (I was wearing a skirt).  He was right because it was an improvement.  But this yarn would make an excellent throw.  It would be easy to adjust the pattern to make it a rectangular throw with the cable up the middle.  

So what am I going to do?  What women have done throughout history – I am going to show it to a friend for an honest evaluation.

Yarn in the Mail – Another First

September 28, 2008

Well it finally happened.  I finally ordered yarn from an online retailer.  As a person who generally considers online shopping the greatest thing since sunscreen, my reluctance to buy yarn online might seem weird.  I was actually forced into the purchase because I did not have enough yarn to finish the bulletproof poncho.  So last weekend I ordered the Tahki Baby from Webs for the poncho.  Since I was getting that I also ordered some red Valley Yarns Huntington to make my first pair of socks, oh, and some patterns. 

A few days later it was exciting to find the package stuffed in the mailbox.  It was easy and convenient.  But it is not something that will become a habit.  First, because I am neither a yarn stasher, nor a fast knitter, my yarn needs are pretty small.  Second, I am lucky enough to have access to a number of great brick and mortar yarn shops.  These shops need the support of customers to survive and I think that a great part of the joy of knitting is going to yarn stores and finding both the yarn and the inspiration.  For yarn that I am familiar with and/or cannot purchase locally, buying online is a great resource.  But otherwise, I want to support my LYSs as much as I can. 

I specifically did not order the needles I need for the socks.  So it is off to an LYS in the near future.  Hopefully, one of them will have the needle size I need.  Otherwise, I will be tempted to order needles from KnitPicks and that will be opening a whole other dangerous door.

Another Reason Why I Am Not Much of a Yarn Stasher…

September 20, 2008

Bulletproof Poncho

Yes, I know this post would be better with pictures, but the camera and computer are still not on talking terms. [As of 10/22/08 the camera and computer are now communicating so I have added a picture.]

The front of the “So Many Ponchos, So Little Time Poncho” (a.k.a. the bulletproof poncho) from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Beyond the Basics is now done.  I am using Tahki Yarns Baby, which is a lovely yarn but a little too warm for me to work on in the heat of the summer.  Now that the weather is a little cooler, it was time to pick this up again.

Once I was done with the front I realized that I do not have enough yarn to finish the back.  Actually, I was amazed at how the front part just seemed to suck up the yarn.  This is the first time I have ever used a Tahki yarn and I am hoping the fact that I cannot find additional yarn in the same dye lot will not matter.  Of course, had I knit up this yarn not long after getting it I would have realized the problem and could have probably gotten yarn in the same dye lot.  Drats! 

I am also concerned that this is just not going to fit right.  The front and back parts are knit separately and then seamed together.  Each part starts at the bottom with two stitches and then you increase until you reach the maximum width and then decrease until you have twenty stitches.  It looks like a stingray.  I am worried that it is not going to fit me in the shoulders.  I checked for errors for the book and none were indicated for this pattern.  I checked ravelry and it seems that no one there has knit the pattern.  So at this point I am just going to trust the pattern.  If it turns out it does not fit right then I will just cross that bridge when I come to it. 

Other than the lack of yarn and fit concerns, I am loving this pattern and yarn.  Right now I have the completed front draped across a chair in the dining room.  I keep pausing to fondle it when I walk by.  It is a quick and easy knit.  It was silly of me to have been nervous about knitting this up.  The cable has a lovely sculptural quality that really suits the super chunky yarn.  The pattern calls for Karabella Brushed Alpaca but the Takhi Baby is a great substitution. The yarn both feels fabulous and looks great.  I would love to adjust the pattern to make this into a throw but it would be a ridiculously expensive throw.

The Bulletproof Poncho Has Issues

May 18, 2008

The knitting fervor continues.  Today I worked on both the second pair of Fuzzy Feet and the “So Many Ponchos So Little Time” poncho from The Yarn Girls’ Guide to Beyond the Basics.  I also caught up with some of the Sticks and String podcasts.  Now, I do not know David Reidy but I have to admit that I was rooting for him to win something at the Easter Show with his Henry VIII sweater.  That is one impressive piece of knitting!  I was happy to hear that he won second place.  Go David! 

Pictured below is the poncho at an early stage.
Bulletproof Poncho

The poncho is now being called “Bulletproof” because it is very dense.  When it is done it may be able to stand up on its own!  But it will be very warm.  St. Patrick’s Day in New York is always colder than I would want it to be so the poncho should work well.   

Anyway, in the middle of my desire to just knit, I came to a crossroads with the poncho.  Time to decide whether it is wide enough so I can start the decreases.  My plan is to knit the medium size.  But with it scrunched up on the needles I could not determine it’s true width.  So I put in a lifeline and took it off the needles.  And well, my gauge was a little bit off.  When I measured it, I realized it was now a size large.  I spent some time agonizing over whether I should continue on or rip back.  I have never made a poncho so I am not sure how big it should be.  However, the fact that it is knitting up into a very dense fabric makes me think that if I continue with it as a size large it will look like a circus tent on me.  Not a good plan so tomorrow I will fix it.  Though, just to be safe I will put a lifeline in. 

When I took it off the needles I also realized that the cables were turning out much better than I expected.  That was an encouraging discovery.