The Alaska Poncho!

I finished my Alaska Poncho the other day.  I love it.  I almost can’t wait until winter so I can wear the heck out of it.  Almost.  I am too thankful for Spring at this point!

David agreed to help me take some pictures of the poncho.  When David takes pictures of me it seems to result in expressions like this:



and this:

wool-gang-4But isn’t the poncho pretty?  It is so soft and warm.  I love the blend of colors.

I tried the stand to one side foot posed picture.




I got him to take a close up.  I really love the colors and how the pattern had blended the yarns.

wool-gang-1I decided to try to get David and Davey to model for me.  David was willing.



Davey wanted to get in on the “posing” action as well.


and this:



Two sillies.



Thanks so much to Wool and the Gang for the kit.  I appreciate it so much, and I had so much fun knitting it.  Now I will really enjoy wearing it!




Alaska Poncho and a Mishap

I received my Wool and the Gang package a couple of days ago!



I loved the packaging.  Kits are just so fun!

The yarn is beautiful and so soft.  I’m not sure I’ve knit with baby alpaca before or if I have, I’d forgotten just how soft it is.

Wool-and-the-gang-yarnThe kit came with a nice pair of knitting needles as well.



They were so comfortable to knit with.  Notice the use of past tense.  This is where the story gets a little sad.  Somehow I was running around yesterday getting ready to leave.  I’d put my knitting project into a bag, and I am still not sure what I did, but I managed to break not one but both needles.  Somehow when I went to pick them up, I heard a snap.


I’ve been knitting for about 7 years now, and in that time, I think I have broken maybe one or two needles in all that time.  I’ve never broken two at once!  I was so disappointed and still feel very dumb that I was careless enough to let this happen.

So I had to switch to some 10.5 circulars that I have.

To make myself feel a little better about writing about the needles, I took a picture of Davey holding my project.  His smile certainly helps!

Can’t really see the work in process too well, but I’ve gotten a good start.

wool-and-the-gang-daveyThis is a great pattern for a beginner!   They provide great instructions which include not just the pattern but also clearly written guidance that would be very helpful to a new knitter!

Wool and the Gang!

A couple of weeks ago, I got a comment on my blog from someone saying “they were trying to get in contact with me”.  I review all my comments before I let them post to make sure that they are first of all “nice” (I don’t get that many comments, but so far they have always been nice!) and second that some spam hasn’t slipped through.

I occasionally read through my spam because I get to see and am always amused by comments like “That’s art in my book, Jake. Tasty art! Did you hear Hormel is out as the hot dog supplier for the Twins?”  Or “Mary, your site has blessed me in many ways”  – I’m often addressed by a name that’s not mine.

So anyway, I am always a little skeptical about comments. But this comment was spelled correctly (Spam comments are always littered with errors), it was brief, and had a website attached.  So I checked it out and discovered a really interesting company that is dedicated to fiber and promoting knitting.

It’s called Wool and the Gang, and they have such an interesting story. This is a company in London that sells yarn. But it’s much more than that.  They sell these amazing yarn kits as well.  Or if you find something you like, but you don’t knit, you can instead buy handknit items that they have made. I really like too that they are also committed to buying only sustainably sourced wool.  They pledge that they are committed to reducing environmental impact.

So I emailed them and got a very nice response from a lady named Ali.  She told me that they enjoyed my blog, and that they’d like to send me a kit to try out.

Having looked at their very creative and energetic website, I just thought this was the coolest, and I emailed back to tell her so.

She emailed again to ask me if I would be interested in a kit to make this really cool poncho.  She also said that it would keep my “lovely little Davey warm” as well.  So of course I agreed that I would love to try a kit out!

The kit is on its way now, and I am very excited to receive the pattern and yarn. I will post pictures of my progress soon!