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Plodding poncho progress


Ok, so I made three mandalas, as you may recall, and one I didn’t like much. As it turns out, the squared up mandalas are quite big and the nicer two joined together are about 27″ across.


Two unblocked mandala squares joined together

I measured my old poncho and I think a 27″ wide rectangle is going to be a good size so I will now start the stripes by adding to the long top edge of this piece. I was going to do solid dc stripes but now I’m thinking that granny stripes would fit better with these circles (and be easier and quicker to do.)

The poncho that inspired this one has three blocks, not two. And much as I would prefer an odd number I don’t think I can rustle up the gumption to redo three smaller blocks and basically start over.

I am still on the lookout for the perfect travel crochet project (added a couple of possibles to my Ravelry queue tonight) and I’m finding my fascination with Tunisian crochet is trying to drag me into starting a project using that technique. Unfortunately pattern choices online seem to be much rarer than regular crochet so I may end up making something off the cuff.

Have a great week!

Crochet on the dashboard


I feel like that title would be great as a blog name, don’t you? I have more ‘crochet on the dashboard’ shots, as today we returned from the coast. I always love looking at the distant mountains with their snowcaps. Last night, we were travelling north through Vancouver and were able to see the floodlit ski runs at the top of Grouse mountain. There’s not that much snow up there right now, nothing like we have closer to home.

I have added about ten more rows to the Road Trip Scarf since Saturday. Of course, progress always seems so fast at first, but the rows get longer and longer. I am almost finished with one 5oz skein and suspect that when it’s finished it will take at least two.

We celebrated Chinese New Year this weekend, seeing in the Year of the Monkey. I learned how to say Happy New Year in Mandarin (in pinyin, it looks like this: xin nian kuai le) and the word for monkey is ‘houzi.’

I had a chance to practice other words and phrases that we have learned in Mandarin class too, though the Taiwanese have a slightly different way of pronouncing things.

One of the highlights of our weekend was playing archery tag. Tai Chi Man and I joined our two boys and a group of other twenty-somethings at a place in Richmond where they have an indoor ‘beach’ where you can go to play volleyball or archery tag. It was a lot of fun and my team won the first few games. Thankfully I didn’t get hit too often with the arrows, which were tipped with large marshmallow-type ends. I am certainly a little sore today from the exertion, but in a good way!

Happy to be home on my own couch now, with a cup of Yorkshire tea and my crochet blankets. We will sleep well tonight in our own beds.