I try and make all my gifts during the course of the year and after each Christmas I tell myself I am not going to wait until the last minute. The next thing I know it is October and I am frantically knitting, quilting, crafting every night – taking a lot of the enjoyment out of it. This year I did get ahead of the game and want to stay that way. Yesterday I started my spread sheet of gifts, decided I would do it a little differently this year. Since I make all the gifts I attach a tag saying what it was made of and how to launder, but I have to admit a lot of times I forget. I also tend to forget what color and pattern I used for the gift – just making a list of the name and type of gift. This year my list consists of the pattern, color, material used, care instructions, name and photo.
I hardly ever make anything for myself, but last fall I really wanted to make myself a poncho. After the Christmas gift making I started a poncho for myself, finished knitting it in the spring AND just yesterday finally put it together. I am now ready for the fall weather – I Love It!
Yarn: 100% merino wool (136 yards, 50g ball)
Amount: 10 (12, 14) balls
Needles: US 10.5
Gauge: 4 stitches = 1 inch; 16 stitches = 4 inches
Size: S (M, L)
Knitted Measurements: Width = 18″ (20″, 22″); Length = 42″ (16″, 52″)
Row 1: K1, P1 to end
Row 2: Purl
To finish the piece off, lay the piece on the floor or other flat surface, take side A B and line it up with D E. So A will match up with E and B will match up with D. Sew the seam up.
D E A
The poncho is very warm and I instantly heat up when putting it on – great for the fall and early winter days! Love the photo taken by Stella from below – oh, so flattering!
I keep all the remnants of my skeins and looking at the bag it may be time to start another remnant blanket – but that will have to wait until all the Christmas gifts are done.