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Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Poncho...ta da...

Hi everyone,

The trip to Rome was wonderful except for one incident where a wayfarer ran away from us when we approached her to ask directions. :) The Pizzas were yum and we found Italians to be very friendly - a welcome change ;)  After first couple of days, many of the monuments were a blur, though.

History overload, I guess...

Now for the the lovely Poncho which squeezed out almost every ounce of patience I had..

Here she is...

And I wanted to show it worn too..

The above was my effort at taking selfie. The colors didn't show too well, so the little lady helped me out with the below pic.

I think I can take credit for the pattern because I started visualizing a cowl neck warm Poncho and ended up with a Cowl neck lacy Poncho. So it's a mix of two patterns with additional twists by yours truly.

There was exactly one ball of the above yarn left and with that I made a Cell Cozy. I made two infact. The first one I made and took to the German class to give to a friend, another class mate too wanted one - so I gifted her one too.

This cozy is a quick make and needs barely a little more than half an hour. I made it on a whim and was surprised when my classmates loved it. The pattern is from
 If you scroll down the above link ,the English version of the pattern is available.

 Now I move my focus back to embroidery. I've done some flowers in the jute fabric, but I am not ready to show it yet.

May be in the next post,

Love,luck and sunshine!! (yippee..its warm again)

Friday, February 24, 2017

The tale of a crocheted Poncho

I've never worn a Poncho till this point in my life. But now I want to try.

I don't want to buy one. I want to make one..

Thus started the Poncho.. sigh!!!

I started crocheting a V-stitch Poncho. The cowl neck took me three attempts to get right. The term right is relative - to get right means good enough to satisfy me or make me happy. I was so happy with the ribbed cowl neck that I put it on several times just to see myself wearing it - my first ever crocheted cowl neck ,you see :)

Then started the body. I followed the pattern to the 'T'. The pattern had repeated V stitches with the front and back center tip increase. After several rounds, it began to look really like a V.

With every round my apprehension started to grow..the shoulders were slow to increase, but the tip was getting longer and longer. The poncho did look good, but I was afraid - by the time it reached my elbows, the tip would reach my knee. Well, for a tall person, it wouldn't matter - but I didn't want front and back tails. I should've stopped the crocheting then and there.

Did I??

No, I didn't. I tried to adjust because I didn't want all my effort and time go waste. I tried increasing the sides so that it becomes broader and not so stiff. I kept on crocheting more and more rounds hoping it'll look better. But it turned out to be worst - all wavy and twisted...yuck!! 

I've not taken a pic, but believe me - it was bad. 
My daughter probably didn't want to criticize and kept on saying - it looks good, ma.

Finally , after spending so many hours crocheting and being unhappy , I decided to end it..

The yarn too looks tired, doesn't it ? And now, I am trying again..but no more V stitch. I've had enough of it for the time being..

The dream Poncho looks like this now.

My friend who has been following the progress of THE poncho - after seeing, hearing and seeing again the developments- exclaimed -"you could have just bought one!! Crazy!!!"

Well..I think so too..sometimes..

The variegated yarn is a German product from the "Kik" store -It is 45% Cotton as shown in the label.

I love variegated yarns and have always wanted to buy them all when I see them in stores. I grabbed  this one when these appeared in Kik. 
Then I realized that these yarns look good when they are yarns - and may not necessarily look that good when made into a wearable - because of the color changes and stuff.  So, from now on - I'll be in control when I see variegated.

Hopefully, a few more hours of work and my Poncho should be ready to wear. The Fasching holidays begin today and we're off to a trip to Rome tomorrow. Its been a dream to see the Colosseum and the Pantheon.
After the trip, I'll be back with the Poncho and also show you how my jute embroidery looks ...

Love,luck and sunshine..

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Double colored leaves

I've been trying to vary the colors of the leaves in my latest jute project.

Beginning with two strands of green, I changed to one strand each of the two colors. For the smaller leaf, I stitched only the tip with the golden olive shade. Which colors have you used for double colored leaves - bright yellow? browns?

I will be back after stitching up a few more of these..

Love,luck and sunshine,