I started this project in March. I was very enthusiastic to be using leftover stash yarns from my blanket-crocheting endeavors, and for the most part, that is all I used. I did have to replenish one or two important colors, but mostly I used what I had.
The thing about a poncho is that is starts out with a fairly small loop – just large enough to fit over one’s head. Crocheting a row barely takes 15 minutes, and the project grows quickly. And you feel encouraged by your progress. Fast-forward several stripes, and suddenly it’s taking a whole night in front of the TV just to get through each color. And by then the weather is getting warmer, and you are thinking by the time you finish the darn thing it will be too hot to wear it.
So your progress becomes even more sluggish. And you stare at your crochet basket with a resigned sigh, because you don’t want to start something new until that poncho is finished, but at the same time, if you have to crochet one more stripe you may lose your ever-loving mind.
So you make a deal with yourself: just two more colors, and then you can quit. Just two more colors and then you can stop, even if it’s not as long and flowing as you had originally imagined.
When I started this Spring poncho, I thought that it might be fun to use the warm colors in my stash for a corresponding Autumn poncho, but now… I don’t know. I may not be cut out for poncho-making. Each stripe is bigger than the last, and by the end of the project (when I am already losing steam) each milestone takes longer and longer to reach. Ugh. I need my gratification more instantly than that!
When I first started this, I had intended to make several more stripes, and maybe add some fringe. But a few weeks ago – a few days before we left for Ocean City – I made that deal with myself, and then blocked the living daylights out of it in order to get the extra length I wanted.
It actually worked pretty well! If I remember correctly, I was able to get it about six inches longer. Then I threw it in the back of the van still damp, hung it up to dry the rest of the way in the hotel room, and then wore it on the boardwalk a few nights later. May evenings on the Ocean City boardwalk tend to be pretty chilly, what with the breeze coming off of the water and all, but I found that it kept me nice and warm.
And I really like how it looks. I took some ribbing from the men in my life, who think it’s kind of hippy-dippy, and maybe a bit clowny, but I am starting to learn not to take their opinions too seriously when it comes to style. I may not have my finger on the pulse of fashion, but I think I’m probably less clueless than they are, at the very least!
Anyway, the weather here at home has been far too lovely lately to need much more than a fine-gauge cotton sweater even on the coolest days, so it looks like my Spring poncho is really going to be more of a Fall poncho. It’s ok, though. I would much rather have the warm weather here right now, thankyouverymuch.
Some details: I used this pattern by Le monde de Sucrette, and I started with a chain of 136.
I’m still considering fringe. I’m leaning towards NO, mainly out of laziness, but what do you think? Does it need a little something more?