At knitting last night, Ellie (a favorite and long-time knitting peep) shared her latest FO…and the yarn she had left over when it was finished. One little, inch-long nerd of yarn! We absolutely roared! I am sure the other patrons wondered what the heck was so funny, and none of them would get the kick out of it that we did! She even had to cut off the tail from the cast on to weave through the last sts. Way to maximize your yarn utilization, Ellie!!
Have you ever gotten a bee in your bonnet about making something, even if the logic is not necessarily there? I do this often. A toy, a hat, a doily, etc. This time around it is a poncho. I am obsessed with ‘obtaining’ a poncho. I bought a woolen blanket so I could fashion my own poncho…FAIL. I have started several poncho patterns…FAIL.
One of my knitting peeps made the Margo Poncho, and it is absolutely darling on her cute, petite self. So I thought I would give it a whirl because I am so cute and petite!
This is supposed to be a throw-away project mind you! I do not want to spend a lot of money or time on it. I just want my damn poncho!!
I bought some Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool on sale for $8 a skein (465 yds/8 oz, color Oatmeal) for one of my failed poncho attempts. It is actually pretty nice yarn.
Fishermen’s Wool is supposed to knit up at 16 sts/4 inches, but I think it would look better at 20 sts/4 inches. The Margo is knit at 14 sts/4 inches. I wanted to knit it at that gauge so it would go faster!
I knew I had a thin cashmere yarn tucked away in my stash…for many years. Plus, it was old when I got it – my dad’s mother died, and I inherited anything I wanted from her knitting supplies. I have enough (fingers crossed!) to hold it with the Lion Brand, making the gauge exactly 14 sts/4 inches. Yay!!
I am liking the results!! The Aarlan Cashmere label shows a date of 1973. Even though it is at least 40 years old, it is in nice condition. Ravelry lists Aarlan Cashmere, but the composition is 60% wool, 40% cashmere, whereas mine is 75% cashmere to 25% wool.
I started on Wednesday and have about 11 inches done. Hubby is leaving this afternoon until tomorrow night. I hope to do a ‘Netflix and Knit’ binge and really make some progress!!
PS (January 30) — Progress made!
The front is done and the back started. The color in the top picture is closer to the real thing.
PS2 — 2/2/2016 The back is done! Just need to do the ribbing along the sides. I should be able to get that done tonight.