My current work in progress:

1. pour moi, designed by Lori Versaci, knit from Wollmeise Merino DK in the "Stella Polaris" colorway on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
2. Outlander MKAL Shawl, designed by Rachel Rodin, knit from Lornas Laces Shepherd Sport in the "Beauchamps" and "Fraser" colorways on a 3.75 mm (U.S. size 5) needle.
3. Myriad stealth projects.

Finally

While the knitting of this project did not actually take too long, it seemed like forever. But the poncho is done!

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This was my Camp Loopy 2 project, started on June 27 and finished on July 9. I used 8 skeins of Three Irish Girls Glenhaven Cashmerino Worsted in the “Eaven” colorway. I used almost every bit of my yarn — 1560 yards.

The poncho is 26″ long measured from the bottom of the turtleneck to the hem. The bottom edge has a knit facing that is folded to the inside and sewn down. The circumference at the bottom of the poncho is a whopping 109″ — but I wanted it this way for complete freedom of movement.

I did actually try this on (indoors with the air conditioning on) and am very happy with it. No modeled photos as yet because I was by myself at the time of the trying on.

The pattern will be available in the near future.

New Bag!

This week I got a “review copy” of an upcoming knitting bag from della Q: the Cleo Yarn Caddy.

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This is a medium-sized bag — 12″ tall and 8″ wide. It is made from a cotton fabric and is fully lined. Inside in the lining there is an open pocket on one side and a zipped pocket on the other side:

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There are large pockets all around the outside.

On Monday I put my lunch and my knitting in the bag, and my pattern in one of the outside pockets and took it to work with me.

The bag performed beautifully. There are a few things I particularly love about it., First, it has a flat bottom so it stands up nicely. Second, it is lightweight, something I appreciate very much. Third, even though it is lightweight, is maintains its shape beautifully, due to (I guess) fairly sturdy interfacing throughout. And this helps with the standing up on its own.

It’s a bag that you carry in your hands or by looping the straps over your wrists, not a shoulder bag, and this actually is something else I like. I can’t carry bags on my shoulders due to back issues, and so many knitting bags are made to be shoulder bags. And when I carry them in my hand, they almost drag on the ground because of the long straps.

So in my book it is a winner!

It will be available for sale in LYSs towards the end of August.  However, you can pre-order the bag (available in two different fabrics) on the della Q website.  Shipping from della Q is also expected towards the end of August.

And I happen to know that The Loopy Ewe will be carrying this bag. icon smile Finally So you could also get yours there and take advantage of their frequent shopper benefits!

Speaking of Bags

A heads-up: Next Wednesday, July 18, Jordana Paige is selling her imperfect bags to raise preeclampsia awareness. More information on her blog!

Speaking of The Loopy Ewe

Sheri announce the parameters for Project 3 of Camp Loopy! I’ve ordered my yarn — have you?

But until I can start my Camp Loopy project on the 27th, I’m doing something insanely fun:

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Mitered squares knit from Noro Kureyon (color #276). Kureyon, how I love you!

Lucy sez:

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“I’m sure Momma is making this for me, so I’ll sit here and watch it.”

Comments

  1. I love that poncho! It’s beautiful! Gotta get going on my Project #2, but I keep getting distracted by your KAL!

  2. I love the color of the poncho, and the mitered squares look absolutely wonderful! I love the natural tones that you’re using, and how they seem to change seamlessly.
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  3. fleegle says:

    That poncho is truly gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

  4. Oh my, I love the poncho! I love ponchos, and I don’t understand why they’re such a joke with knitters. Yours is beautiful. I would love to see you or someone design several different ones, get them popular again! Create some new classics. Ponchos can have such drape and drama and they’re such a perfect canvas for cables or colorwork. Gush, gush, gush!

  5. Love the poncho and especially the mitered squares!

  6. Susan Shelly says:

    Love the poncho! And the della Q bag looks like it would be really useful;O)) So tempting! The mitered squares have surely roused Lucy’s curiosity;O))

  7. patricia says:

    Done already? 1500+yds?! I just arrived on sleeve island with my Loopy project. Beautiful poncho!

  8. Beautiful poncho and love the bag. I got my knitting bag at the Cracker Barrel of all places. I think it is technically a picnic bag but it has lots of pockets. It’s kind of similar to the one in your post.

  9. Love the poncho! I finished clue #4 on the KAL this afternoon and now I have to get back to Loopy #2. I ordered my yarn for Loopy #3 but not really sure what I will make yet?!?! My husband thinks I am crazy and I agree, but I’m having fun.

  10. Very beautiful, Lucy applied ♥ ♥ ♥ !!!

  11. What a lovely poncho. I cannot wait till you put it on Ravelry.

  12. The poncho is amazing. My favorite project so far. Did I tell you I have a love affair with ponchos?
    brandi´s last blog post ..Oh The Fiber – Montedale Fiber

  13. Is it a blanket or a scarf, or something else?
    Molly By Golly´s last blog post ..Bohus or Go Home

  14. Your Poncho looks fab as does the bag – I’m definitely a bag-a-holic!

    Love the Noro Mitered squares, going to treat myself to some Noro when I go to the Knit and Stitch Exhibition in November – can’t wait!

    Luch as always looks beautiful :-)

  15. Your Poncho looks fab as does the bag – I’m definitely a bag-a-holic!

    Love the Noro Mitered squares, going to treat myself to some Noro when I go to the Knit and Stitch Exhibition in November – can’t wait!

    Lucy as always looks beautiful :-)

  16. Lynne S. says:

    I love the poncho, Wendy. Looks like it drapes beautifully. Would look very good with jeans, as well as other clothes.

  17. Are you going to knit a bag this time? Oh, this is nice. I think this one is really hard so I am excited to see your knit bag result.
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  18. Love the poncho (and I’m not even a poncho-person)! It’s a beautiful color too.

  19. Charlotte says:

    Totally unrelated comment (but your work is always beautiful). Franklin Habit’s latest entry at http://the-panopticon.blogspot.com/2012/07/yarnworthy.html is a decision flow chart on who to knit for that reminded me of a section about gifting in your first book that made me your devotee because I’d experienced the same thing with my sewing & crocheting in the past (I’d just taken up kntting at the time I read your book 2 years ago). :)

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