The story behind this poncho begins months ago when my friend Ioana from Moeke Yarns informs me there will be a special Spring 2015 collection of the Moeke Yarns Elena yarn, holding different colours created with natural dyes. Of course she immediately got my attention and I got all excited. My excitement was rewarded with the most beautiful colours and of course I was delighted to be given the chance to work up a project with them.
Ioana and I agreed it had to be a quick and simple project, not too large and definitely show casing most of the colours. Since I am expecting a baby girl and the Elena yarn is very suitable for outer wear, the poncho came to mind. I made one for kids and ladies last year, but a baby version would of course be needed soon as well.
The poncho takes 5 mini skeins in the adorable colours Mulberry, Coral, Brick Red, Latte and Fern. Don’t those names speak to your imagination immediately? I think in the poncho they pop up beautifully in the Natural colour of Elena.
As you can see in the images, the effect of blocking with this yarn is ah-mazing. Such a huge difference it makes in the way your poncho looks and feels! All the more soft, the open structure really shows off the pattern beautifully and it just does the trick for me. And luckily my mom kept the beautiful navy wool Winter coat from my own childhood, which happens to feature the open structure of the squares even more.
The squares appear a bit larger than the original ones, and leaving 4 squares out at the top would make this poncho too large for a baby. However, leaving only 1 square out at the top makes the neck-line too small. To overcome the tight neck, I didn’t attach the front and back square on one side of the neck and used a matching ribbon instead for opening and closing.
Due to the fact this poncho is made of wool, it is probably more of a Fall-Winter piece rather than a Summer piece. But for me, even though we are approaching Summer, it means I am very well prepared once Fall kicks in and I’d rather have this piece waiting for my girl to wear it, instead of the other way around. You hear those stories right, of a baby putting your life upside down, no more time to yourself… Just in case those stories happen to be true once she’s born, the poncho is already done.
If you’re itchy to start crocheting a poncho like this for a baby girl you know, and I can totally see why, stay tuned for a nice surprise. It makes for a beautiful gift too by the way! Surprise is coming soon.
Weeks have gone by without blogging, I’ve warned you for this but still I feel like I am leaving you out of what’s happening here. An update of everything seemed in place, both on a creative and private level, luckily both are doing very well.
I’ve been a lucky girl, invited to two most lovely gatherings recently. First was the book launch of two of Yvonne‘s beautiful weekend books; DIY and Ontbijt (breakfast in Dutch). It was such a lovely set up in the pretty and large Dille & Kamille store in Amsterdam, a workshop space filled with a mix of bloggers, shop owners, Instagram lovers and authors. Very inspiring to meet them in real life and talk to some I’ve followed online for years! Thank you Yvonne for an inspiring afternoon and the beautiful jug we got to decorate and take home.
The other event was a crochet meeting organized by Lisanne from Draad en Praat blog, in the yummy and pretty yarn shop Echtstudio. Another beautiful room, decorated by Lisanne herself, filled with a bunch of crochet loving ladies, enthousiasts, shop owners, bloggers and alike. This too was an inspiring event and Lisanne spoiled us to the brim with homemade treats and goody bags. Thank you so much Lisanne, I’ve started crocheting right away with the Zpagetti yarn I got that afternoon!
Other than these inspiring events, I’ve been very busy with both crochet and knitting projects. I knew about three months ago a knitting-itch was building up inside of me, definitely fed by the club of pregnancy hormones which is taking me over more and more. A couple weeks ago I came across this cute All-in-one Baby Top pattern and I couldn’t help myself, but casted on before I realized I was holding knitting needles in my hands. To say it’s addictive to knit baby items is an understatement to me. They are done quickly, don’t use up a lot of yarn and usually result in the most cute items I’ve ever seen and can’t wait for our baby to wear. I will blog about them in more detail in the coming weeks, but there’s a couple previews in the pictures.
On the crochet level I’ve finished a lovely project with the new collection of Moeke Yarns Elena colours, I am working on an update of the pattern and will post it this week or next. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it and there’s a very nice surprise in store… I just finished a fun commissioned project for a new book that’s coming out next year, which means unfortunately I can’t show you anything yet, and I am rounding up on some longer time WIP’s I will update you about in the coming weeks.
With the finishing of these projects my maternity leave is coming closer and it feels good to slow down. There’s about two months left before the baby is supposed to arrive, it is definitely getting more and more exciting. Luckily the doctors agree that both the baby and myself are doing well, and with that my hard work for managing my blood sugar is paying off. The husband and our families have worked hard recently to finish some construction in our back yard – we have a decent lawn now! – and did some moving within our home to accommodate room for the baby. We are now sleeping next to the baby room which is freshly painted and almost done, we are just waiting for the rocking chair and changing table to arrive. Serious baby business is going on here and I am enjoying all of it.
More about the Moeke Yarns project in the next couple days, and for the Dutch ladies: enjoy the long weekend!