Work-in-Progress Wednesday 7

Here is what happens when I'm stuck in the house for three days with a sick kid.  I finish a couple big projects and then...I start trouble!

In poking around for a project to work on, I find this poncho pattern I had marked to make for Liv.
{photo courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn}

But I'm trapped so of course I can't go buy yarn for the project, so I start looking through my stash and come upon these...

I had purchased these because they were on sale (and also because it's pink & green yarn and I couldn't pass that up) and I didn't really have a project for them, but I started on a simple baby blanket pattern thinking I could gift it.

But then everyone I know having babies lately has had boys and I came up with a much better project for the one baby girl in my life, so I put it on the side (the pic shows about half of the width of the blanket).  So, I decided to frog it!

And after the girls finished marveling/laughing at my huge mess, I got to work.  There were several comments on the pattern that it ran small.  I did a test of getting the beginning chain over Liv's head and agreed.  So I doubled the pattern as one commenter suggested.  I worked during naptime and when the girls got up, I did a test.

Yeah, that didn't work out so well, huh?  There is a small addition of the collar at the end, but I'm doubtful that would be enough.  So I frogged it again and tried a new approach with a beginning chain of 52 (the pattern chain is 36).

Success!!!  Now the only issue is that I had thought I might make ponchos for the girls as Christmas gifts (different pattern for EJ), but both girls have already seen this start.  Although I'm still not sure I like how this yarn is looking in this pattern.  Maybe I'll try to find a different yarn (or combo of yarns) once I'm sprung from the house & can shop again.  Has anyone used this type of yarn in a crochet pattern & liked how it turned out?  My mom says it looks nicer in knit vs. crochet, so I'm not sure I should keep attempting using it in things.

The other things keeping me busy during lockdown are these...

I just finished Season 4 of West Wing and the last two episodes nearly gave me a heart attack.  Loved them!  I've read Kristin Chenoweth's book before, but am rereading due to my current interest in all things Aaron Sorkin.  I can't decide if I should keep going on WW (given that Sorkin left the show for season 5) or rewatch my Sports Night DVDs first (because I love that show and it's been awhile).  And last, but not least, I'm reading a kid's book called Hoot.  It was a pre-read to make sure it was appropriate for Jack and I really like it, so I need to finish it up and pass it on!

Joining up with Yarn Along at Small Things & WIP Wednesday at Tami's Amis.




sparkeespud said...

I am also a huge Aaron Sorkin fan and you really should stick with the West Wing. It's a great show. I also love Sports Night and watch it every so often as part of a marathon!

steph said...

I chuckled all through the trials of the crocheted blankie/poncho!! (Laughing WITH you not at you--been there many times, myself!!!) I think you finally happened upon a winner--just from the happy look on your little one's face. She's tickled with it--go with it!!!!

Jackie said...

well, I like the colors but I think I'd like those colors in ANYTHING!! That would be so cute on both your girlies!

and is it bad that I want a sick kid at home so I can stay home for a few days and work on projects?! I probably shouldn't wish that upon myself!!

paula said...

Oh wow, those pictures are all kinds of cute. She's adorable! And I'm a huge fan of Hoot and Sorkin too. Excellent taste you have! :)

pinkundine said...

Sports Night is one of my favourite shows, and I never find anyone who has even heard of it (it didn't really air in the UK apart from on a really obscure channel).

Sounds like that yarn is being particularly troublesome, although I think it looks pretty cute for a little girl's poncho :)

Karen said...

Sometimes yarn that to decide what it wants to be:) The poncho would be super cute though.

Nicole said...

I think that's one of those yarns where you realize that if you were making something for yourself, it might be loud but when it comes to making it for a child, the colors just make it more fun and appealing to them :). I love how it's turning out! You could always find a solid to do a quick edge on it and tie in the randomness of the colors. I love Loops & Threads Impeccable, it's so soft for the price and there's so many colors!

Amy said...

Those colors are fab! Love it and can't wait to see how it turns out. I hope your kid is feeling better :)

Stitched Together said...

I agree with Nicole, I think your kids would love how that yarn crochets up. Kids love bright colours. I say stick with it.

sillylittlelady said...

Woah what bright yarns! Third time's the charm it seems for that pattern :)

Karen said...

what great yarn! I love the colors
Karen

Erin @ Wild Whispers said...

Love the poncho! Great work!

Secret Sheep said...

Lovely pics. Lovely yarn.

Calophi said...

Haha, love the pile of yarn-spaghetti! I'm glad the poncho project is coming out well. She looks so creepily happy to be trying it on, too. =D

Minding My Own Stitches said...

Not just a smart cookie but also a cute one! Looks like you've got the size sorted out!

Mama Gone Green said...

I love those colors!!

Becks said...

The yarn is lovely, the colours so vivid. I usually prefer to knit with yarns that have short colour changes but your start looks good. I have been thinking about a poncho for little miss for ages and that might just be the one :)

xx

Lori ann said...

oh that smile! she's adorable in her partial poncho.
:)

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