knitting everywhere

Last night Mrs. H, Taya, and I went to the Stitch n Bitch book reading at Powell’s. It was quite fun. Debbie Stoller is very charming and funny, and she brought a bunch of samples from the book. Action Hero Melissa was there (she designed a very cute poncho for the book), as well as knit blogger Shetha, who designed the very clever alien scarf. The place was filled with young, hip knitters, and I have not seen so many fashionable hairstyles in one place in decades.
After the book reading, I finished up the last bit of the MiniChic Poncho. What do you think? Do I dare wear it in public?
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It is toasty warm, though as you can see, it mostly keeps my chest and shoulders warm. I guess I will have to knit a stomach/waist warmer next! The poncho required only two skeins of Lion Brand Homespun, so it cost me under $10 to knit. Maybe some would not consider that something about which to boast, but I think it’s kind of cool.
My mother returns from Japan this evening!

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12 Responses to knitting everywhere

  1. melissa says:

    the mini poncho looks fabulous! i definitely think you should wear it out on your next crafty excursion (the yarn shop on the RiverPlace?). Anyways, it was great seeing you last night and meeting mrs. harris and taya. keep in touch and we can get together again when you come back to town!

  2. Rachael says:

    Cute cute! Yes, of course, wear it! this is the very start of the mini-poncho trend, and you’re surfing the first wave….. 🙂

  3. sequinK says:

    great poncho!! definitely wear it out and about (without a doubt!). I just finished a poncho too, and totally love it. They’re so much more user friendly than shawls or scarves — you can just throw them on and forget about it.

  4. Shetha says:

    It was a pleasure meeting you last night, and welcome home to your mother! The poncho is fantastic and if you come up with a midsection warmer, you’ll have to post the pattern! my midsection is very chilly today…

  5. Becky says:

    You got to meet SHETHA! She’s my hero. I’m so jealous!
    And yes, you should dare wear the mini-poncho in public. You needn’t even ask. It is CUTE.

  6. alison says:

    Cool mini poncho! Amazing how inexpensive it was to make. The biggest hurdle for me in making my poncho was the expense. Great idea to make a mini poncho and use Lion Brand. Hope you work up the courage to wear it. So far I’ve only worn mine at home when I get chilly. It’s never been the right temperature outside for a poncho!

  7. Meg says:

    Really cute! Why wouldn’t you wear it out? It’s beautiful! I wouldn’t worry about the midsection – that’s insurance you don’t get too warm. Don’t ya just hate it when you’re sweating inside your woolies when you’re out prowling?

  8. Silvia says:

    Your poncho looks great! Definitely wear it! I think your next project should be the sleeves in the Rebecca. It’s a big rectangle with sleeves. No kidding, I really want to make it. It’s compelling, like a road accident. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

  9. Kerstin says:

    Why am I thinking “Green Avenger to the Rescue?” Is it the hands on your hips? *teehee* It looks GREAT. The shawl collar is “in.” I just*knew* that when I knit up Minnie Pearl (aka shawl collared sweater from DB) but I had to pretend otherwise. (Modesty and all.) And what do you know? My neighbor showed up yesterday in a black shawl collar sweater from Ann Taylor Loft. See, “it’s hip to be square.” 😉

  10. Bonne Marie says:

    Mariko – did you forget the lessons of your Sesame Master Kermit: “AH, remember grasshopper, it’s not easy being green…”
    I love green. I wear screaming Lime Green any chance I get…
    Your poncho is GORGEOUS and should inspire and cheer your neighbors!

  11. kerrie says:

    I love that mini chic poncho, I’m going to make one this week. Not sure what yarn to use but a dive in my stash will help sort out that problem I’m sure…

  12. Stacy says:

    It’s great! Of course you should wear it. The only dilemma I have wearing my poncho is how to carry my over-the-shoulder work bag. It’s too big to fit under my poncho.

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