Fall Poncho Part II

My Fall Poncho is still not done. Nope. I blame it on the kiddos! Ha ha! I did, however, finish the edging, but still need the hood. Oh, the hood… Let’s just say that it’s all about the gauge. I started making one part of it, was almost done with it, and realized that the piece was GIGANTIC compared to the poncho itself. Good grief! It was soon unraveled…(I’m sure you know the feeling all too well!)

The poncho itself is soft and warm, without being sweaty-hot (mind you, I’m a hot-bodied person). Thus, it will make the PERFECT poncho for my neck of the woods (AKA:  ‘The Sunshine State’ – where it’s really never cold)! 😉

Fall Poncho Part II:

Fall Poncho Part II
Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Fall Poncho Part II_2
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

Gauge Your Gauge

Always, ALWAYS gauge your gauge! It’s extremely critical as we all know, or should know. I’m guilty for not checking my gauge with my crochet projects. I know; give me a failing grade. “F!” But, I do know that I should always use two crochet hook sizes smaller than the one mentioned in the pattern. Well… I didn’t do that this time around…

Remember the Fall Poncho I posted about a few days ago? Embarrassingly, it came out slightly off in size (with respect to the front of it). The front of the poncho is about three inches longer than the back. *Sigh.* If you ask why, I can give you one major reason:  lack of focus. Should have followed rule number four on my Zen List!

Anyhoo, don’t be a Debra Lee! Check your gauge before starting your crochet project, and even pay attention to how it’s coming to together. If your baby booty looks abnormally huge, unravel, go down a hook size, and try again.

Best wishes on your new crochet project!

Fall Poncho Part I

A few nights ago, I talked about a peach seed, and briefly mentioned the fall poncho I’m working on. Almost done with it; just need to finish the bottom front, add the hood, and edging. It’s a one-size fits all. Can’t wait to see how the completed poncho turns out! Will definitely keep you all updated.

(P.S. I was supposed to use bulky and cotton yarns, but didn’t have enough of either to complete the project, and didn’t want to spend more money on yarn (My collection is out of control! Ha!). So, I used medium-worsted weight yarn. The poncho obviously lacks the thick texture of that the bulky and cotton yarns provide, but the medium-worsted weight yarn allows for more movement and clings more to your body frame. I think it’s perfect if you want to accentuate your body shape.)

Here are the photos I promised:

Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee
Photo taken by:  Debra Lee
Photo taken by: Debra Lee

A Single Peach Seed

It’s late – 12:54 a.m. to be exact – and I’m reluctant to post a blog. My head is pounding, vision is blurred, ear aches, and my complaints can fill this page in no time! But, I’ll stop right there and save you from being bored with such nonsense. 🙂 So, on a positive note, I’ve been working on a poncho to wear for the fall season. The base color is a sunflower yellow, with pumpkin orange, beige, and brown accents. My inspiration for the colors was the sunset and the color of fall leaves. (Will post photos soon!) I truly LOVE the fall season! It brings back soo many happy childhood memories… I digress…

Nonetheless, I’ve been missing my poncho project for the past couple of days. I didn’t get to work on it earlier and became frustrated because my crochet time had been stripped of me. Again, I attempted to work on it right before I began typing this post, but my attempt proved fruitless. I’m not feeling well and wanted a chance to unwind. Is that too much to ask?!

So, my Son (who magically decided to nap earlier in the day – he NEVER naps) is now bright-eyed and bushy tailed. He asked Ray and I to play with him (for the 100th time today! I know, it’s all worthwhile, it really is.) and we did. Some moments later, he’s eating a peach and tells me, “Look Mommy. There’s a seed in this peach for you to plant. I’m going to eat the fruit part and give you the seed when I’m done.” My heart melted and my eyes began to tear up. How selfish of me to want to sit down to crochet my poncho when my 3 year-old Son acted selflessly by thinking of how much I enjoy planting seeds and watching them grow!

Point being – sometimes we have to drop everything, do for others, think of others, and most of all, SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH THOSE WE LOVE MOST. Our time on Earth is not promised. Make the most of each and every second, of each and every day.

Photo Source:  BigStock.com
Photo Source: BigStock.com

To Not Knot?

I’m sitting here on my favorite, comfy recliner crocheting a poncho for myself, when the infamous question of whether I should not knot pops into my head.

“Should I not knot?”

Honestly, how many of you knot, and how many of you do not? I for one, do both, depending on the circumstances. Though, I am trying to veer away from knots and put more effort into weaving in my tails.

So, let me think this through, and I will share my final thoughts with you.
I will NOT knot!
Not for this poncho, no ma’am I won’t.
Instead, I will weave my tails in just right – to make them stay nice and tight.

By: Debra Lee

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