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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ponchos are cool again

Finished just in time for the Frolic. Wannietta knit the poncho. I blocked it and sewed it together. This is backwards to how it normally goes. Wannietta had just finished the knitting when she drove down for a visit. To save on the shipping charges, she left it with me to finish.

Pattern: Churchmouse Yarns Twice Reversible Poncho (available in the store or on Ravelry)
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Cloudgate - Midway

From Churchmouse
Our new Poncho design is truly 'twice reversible': both the fabric and the shape can be flipped. This stitch pattern has two 'right sides' -- versatile! We also added instructions for a nifty hybrid graft/seam for true reversibility. Wear your poncho point-in-front for relaxed 'boho' style or point-in-back for a little more polish. Options upon options!

This poncho shape doesn’t follow the usual conventions of sizing (bust/waist/hips)—it’s more about scale. We designed this poncho in two sizes so your result will be comfortable and flattering. The two keys to the fit are the neckline and the back/arm length. The width of the rectangle determines where it hits—we like just at the bent elbow, which is also just above the waist.
We chose Cloudgate for the chunky version of the poncho.
A springy bouncy bulky weight. With a 90% superwash merino wool 10% nylon fiber content, Cloudgate will feel luscious next to the skin but wear beautifully over time.
109m/120 yards on a 100gram skein

Churchmouse just sent out a newsletter with a remake of their Welted Cowl.
Our Welted Cowl transitions easily from late spring into summer (and fall!), and is warm and light at the same time. A two skein project, so it's quick, and alternates knitting and purling in the round - just the right amount of variation and mindless. A fun way to taste this new yarn!
Pattern: Welted Cowl (available in the store or on Ravelry)
Yarn: 2 balls Rowan Softyak DK
76% cotton, 15% yak and 9% nylon means Softyak DK has a stunning soft handle and is a perfect transeasonal yarn.
I think we are ready. All except for one box from Frabjous Fibers that is caught in customs. It won't be at the show but we'll have it early next week.

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