October 26, 2005


Tuesday afternoon I spent some time knitting and soaking up the ambiance along the Riverwalk in San Antonio. The weather was sunny enough for sunglasses, but I felt cool enough in the shade to be comfortable in my cardigan.

Scott and I at dinner tonight at the courtyard at Budro's restaurant; we're standing in front of a charming little waterfall and koi pond.

I finished the poncho at 5:00 this afternoon; that gave me just enough time to steam it with the iron in our hotel room and get dressed in time to leave for dinner at 5:30. A qualified finishing -- the pattern calls for two rounds of crocheting around the neckline, but I was working so close to the deadline that I worked only one round. I can always do the second round some other time. I'm not sure why the designer wanted a crocheted picot edging at the neckline (instead of a knitted picot bind-off), but will hazard the guess that the neckline would be more stable if crocheted, since crochet does not stretch the way knitting does.

Project: Wrapped in Tradition poncho, designed by Shirley Paden, from the book Wrap Style
Yarn: Kidsilk Haze in color #580 Grace, approx. 2.5 balls used
Needles: Size US 6
Started September 15; completed October 26.

The pattern was error-free, and I enjoyed knitting it.

After I finished steaming the poncho, I laid it out on the bed while I got dressed, and Scott remarked that it looked like a skirt. That's really accurate!

And another funny thing about that Kidsilk Haze -- it can build up quite a bit of static electricity, if you are hugged many times over during the course of an evening. We were at a banquet with about a hundred other people; many hugs and kisses all around. When I came back to the hotel room and took off the poncho, the whole garment crackled, and the front and the back repelled each other. (But the wearing was worth it!)

Posted by Karen at October 26, 2005 07:51 PM

How so very elegant! I admired the pattern in the book, but yours is the first completed poncho I've seen apart from the book.

Posted by: JBB at October 26, 2005 09:54 PM

Wow, look at you? Is the poncho as comfortable to wear as it looks? It is a WONDERFUL photo of you and Scott, and I think you should get a copy framed. That is a handsome, happy couple! So, did you try it on as a skirt? Could be interesting!

Posted by: Anne at October 26, 2005 09:55 PM

Thanks, JBB!

Anne, it's very comfortable to wear. This Wrapped in Tradition poncho is slightly warmer than my other KSH poncho (Karis from Rowan 36), which I wore the night before. I blocked Karis pretty strongly, and the resulting fabric is less dense, more airy; Wrapped in Tradition didn't get blocked other than to get steamed, so the resulting fabric is slightly more dense and warmer. Both are very soft!

I didn't try it on as a skirt -- wouldn't want a mohair skirt. But another fiber -- perhaps linen? -- would be interesting.

Posted by: Karen at October 27, 2005 05:52 AM

Looks very nice on you! I think you will enjoy this wrap for many years to come, the sign of a good design + the right yarn + good knitting. The mental picture of the front and back repelling each other made me laugh....

Posted by: Janine at October 27, 2005 06:57 AM

Karen: You look beautiful in your poncho! I definitely need to add it to my list of must do knitting.

That's a great photo of you and Scott too!

Posted by: Jewel at October 27, 2005 06:57 AM

So lovely! I just LOVE the poncho with its delicate colors. I hope San Antonio is treating you well. She's a fun city.

PS I finished Proust last night!

Posted by: Rebecca at October 27, 2005 09:02 AM

WOW! That turned out beautiful!

Posted by: marti at October 27, 2005 09:20 AM

Rebecca: You didn't! [Finish Proust, I mean.] I've been knitting, not reading ... must catch up!

Thanks, Marti, I think so, too. The poncho is lacier in real life than it looks in the photo; really feminine and pretty.

Posted by: Karen at October 27, 2005 10:29 AM

Ooo, how pretty! It looks wonderful on you!

Posted by: Rose at October 27, 2005 11:46 AM

That is just gorgeous, Karen! Great knitting! You look so beautiful in that picture!

Posted by: Jen at October 27, 2005 05:07 PM

Oh, so pretty mama!
I miss you!

Posted by: DD#1 at October 28, 2005 08:32 AM

Oh Karen, it is BEAUTIFUL! I knew it would be something to see, but you really pulled it off! Wow...I really am amazed. I bet it felt like heaven. Congrats!

I hope you had tons of fun at the event :D Thanks very much for your continued comments on my blog...you tend to be the only commenter most times, and I love to get comments.

That one yarn store at the beach was not great, and the prices were quite high (Red Heart Acrylic yarn for over $10.00?!?!?!? and I've never known a good LYS to sell red heart anyway) but we still got that great Italian Merino though :)

That float was really fun to make. If you ever get a chance to get to Lincoln City, let me know, I'll tell you where it is. It cost $65 to make the float (you can also make a paperweight, and they usually have some seasonal item you can make as well) but my Mom said that the glass itself is close to that price, so it is a great deal. You can also just sit in there and watch other people make things if you wanted to.

Posted by: Heather Leigh at October 28, 2005 01:28 PM

Beautiful poncho, Kar! So pretty and feminine. Barb and her socks are lovely too. And I'm REALLY excited you may be knitting a sweater for baby Teya, who is just about as cute as they come.

Hope you'll make prints of the photo of you and Scott --you both look great. Sounds like you're having fun and getting lots of (static) affection in San Antonio.

Will be looking forward to a short summary of Proust when you get home...

SS #1

Posted by: Shirley at October 28, 2005 04:03 PM

karen, the poncho is lovely! and if you get a chance, try the restaurant, el mirador
it is wonderful! family owned.

Posted by: vanessa at October 30, 2005 04:48 AM

Two thumbs up, Karen! You look like a princess!!!

Posted by: Ryan at October 30, 2005 05:08 PM

Oh Karen, it turned out so beautifully! It really needs a differrent name; poncho is just inadequate and not nearly elegant enough for this fabulous garment. It looks just gorgeous on you! I think, perhaps, since it's a LACE poncho....how about "lassandro"? or something like that.

Enjoy your trip. I look forward to your return.

Posted by: Abby Cohen at November 4, 2005 10:00 PM