the joy of knitting

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kids knitted poncho with crochet flowersGaining the skills to become more self sufficient can take you in so many different and interesting directions. For example, about 20 years ago, I knitted a scarf. At the time, I didn't value the outcome enough to justify the time and effort required. However, now, many years later, I have discovered the joy of this very useful and practical craft! Also, isn't the idea of creating fabric from yarn using needles an amazing concept?

My first knitting project (after such a long break) was a kids poncho for Madi. I needed to choose an easy, practical and forgiving pattern. So I chose the Panda 8 ply poncho with collar from "11 handknits for kids"The project was my first experience with circular needles (which were all good). I really enjoyed the process of selecting the colours and the type of yarn (Sheperd 8 ply 100% merino -  colour 4 me range). Ialso really enjoyed the feeling of creating something special for someone that I love...

I modified the original Panda pattern to remove the repeating design (to simplify the project and to accomodate my choice of “busy” yarn colour). I also added several pompoms and crochet flowers (my first attempt at crochet - and now, I am completely addicted to both flowers and crochet!). The poncho took me about one year to finish. I actually finished the knitting part fairly quickly - but, didn't know how to weave in all the ends. So, the poncho sat in a drawer for many months before I worked up the courage to learn and complete this task...

I am happy with the end result and hopeful that my daughter will be able to enjoy this poncho for at least a few more years. If you would like to learn more about this project, please visit my kids knitted poncho with crochet flowers project page on Ravelry.

Also, here are a few more photos to enjoy! As with all the photo galleries on the site, please single click on an image to see a larger view and/or a slideshow. Now I'm off to start on the next project (120 crochet flower squares for spring blanket - the wonder of crochet). Stay tuned for progress...