I am all smiles right now because thankfully I was able to complete two projects today. After work, I went to get my hair braided again. The lady that sometimes braids my hair works super fast as a braider. I knew that I would be out of there within two hours, and I was right.
While sitting in the chair, with crochet bag in lap, I completed the second piece of the poncho. I even stitched it together on one seam, but I realized I would have to take it out when I got home. I do my best seaming for the poncho (since it's on an angle) on the coffee table. The hair braider still had a little ways to go so that she could create the fancy bun that I like in the back of my head, so I pulled out a remnant skein of red Red Heart yarn to begin one of the beanie hats that I promised my "kids." I was able to almost make the entire hat. The only thing lacking was the last two rows of scs.
So you can imagine that I was super excited to get home - still in the daylight - with enough energy to complete these projects. I first completed the beanie because I only had a few stitches left. Snapped my pictures, then I was off to finish the poncho. I got sucked into these crazy Lifetime Movie Channel pictures, but I still made sure to work on the poncho. I thought I'd get away with using some of the light pink Softee Baby yarn I had left over from the pink poncho instead of opening the new skein of the Baby Soft, but I didn't have such luck. The Softee yarn is 100% acrylic and the Baby Soft is an acrylic/nylon blend and I didn't think they looked good together. The sheen was different too, so I had to open up that new skein. [Secretly I'd been planning to take back that skein and the extra one I bought in cream and exchange it for some other colors for a future project. Oh well.]
I added the shell edging on the poncho and then looked in my stash for a butterfly pattern. I talked with the customer today and she mentioned that her neice was in love with butterflies. Great, because I didn't want every poncho I made to look exactly the same. I found the pattern I was satisified with and made one butterfly. The smaller ones weren't as cute, so that's why I chose the larger one. Found some leftover pistachio green yarn from my cousin's baby blanket and made some antennaes. So, for now, I'm finished with this poncho. I didn't attach the butterfly yet because I want to ask the customer if she wants it to be a pin or permanently attached.
Thanks for traveling on this poncho journey with me! Now, on to more projects!!! :-)