Ponchos, Shawls, and Mobius Oh My……

Ponchos, Shawls, and Mobius OH my….they have been multiplying as I have been crocheting so very much recently.  Crochet is easy to do, easy to transport and relaxing.  Free form Crochet is even more of my favorite as I form and shape the garment as it emerges.  Size Changes can be made as I go along to get very interesting shapes and designs.

Fall Circle Poncho.  This is free form crochet at its best with a 17 mm size R. I used a lovely Boucle Yarn that is 35% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino, 30% Bamboo, and 5% Nylon Binder….Baby WooBoo Boucle Yarn.

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Fall Circle Poncho



I hand painted the 2 skeins with Greener Shades Acid Dyes for Color to get this wonderful array of Fall Colors.  I also crocheted a lovely small cowl neck line for extra warmth and snuggle as this is such a super soft yarn.  Every person that has tried this Fall Circle Poncho on has twirled in a circle smiling and giggling or they have wrapped up with it and burrowed deep like a turtle.  It is a springy, soft, bouncy yarn with lots of character.


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Chartreuse Green Boucle Poncho is another free form crochet poncho that I did with the same size hook and  the same Boucle yarn hand dyed into this eye popping Chartreuse Green.


Chartreuse Green Boucle Poncho

This is more of a ballet sort of poncho, closer to the body, more open lace and much lighter than the circle poncho.  It is such a fun color!!

Spring Fling Shawl is done with the same large size R bamboo crochet hook and the Boucle Baby WooBoo Yarn.  I hand painted this in these lovely spring bright colors.

Spring Fling Shawl with both ends wrapped over a shoulder
Spring Fling Mobius






The Spring Fling Mobius can be worn in so many ways such as low on the shoulder like a small snug or wrap.


Spring Fling Mobius double on neck


Or it can be worn double looped around your neck for a very warm neck indeed  on those cold nights.

All of these can be found in my shop online for Alba Ranch except the Fall Circle Poncho.  That I am going to put in a Fashion Show in Salida, CO in October.



May SNOW? Showers

Today appears to be bringing May Snow Showers instead of rain showers. Good thing I took my clothes that have been hanging on the line for the last 3 days down last night. yeah! We do need moisture and it will be back up in the 80’s by Thursday so all is good.

May SNOW? Day

I just hope that my early in garden will not have any difficulties with this cold snap and snow. I do have all my tomatoes under little green houses built just for them and my herb bed is under a large hinged green house cover. It has been all winter and is why my chives are over 2 ft tall and in flower already. My lettuces and spinach garden should be fine as well as that spinach I planted in October and it has been growing all this time under the green house garden cover during the winter. They are just grand and really help at our altitude as we have some odd weather here.

Charlie and I were walking Kizy and Broch together at the Blossom Festival in Canon City, Colorado on Saturday in 95 degree full on sun. Today it is snowing and barely above freezing. yup that is weird mountain Colorado weather.

My sweatshirt is the one that I took off the line last night so it does smell April Doggey Fresh! that lovely smell my puppy has after being outside and playing in the sun and wind or how your clothes smell after being on the line. Thursday is Charlie’s 50th Birthday and I am happy to see that the forecast says he will be back in sun and fun by then.

I have been busy crocheting and weaving as best as I can with my shoulder and wrist injury. I have finished 2 ponchos, and have an 8 ft triangle shawl part way done as well as another free form open lace shawl close to finished.

Tri Loom Progress

I will finish the crochet shawl today, start on a crochet mobius and work more on the triangle shawl. Later this week, I think I will take Vicky the Mannie out into the garden and do a photography session of all the new shawls and ponchos. Stay tuned for the photos later this week or next week depending on when I finish making them.

Closeup Tri Loom Progress

Still on Llama mom watch. Glenda has 6 more days for her first official due date. She is definitely fat, definitely preggers and definitely got the bitch to prove it!!

It is only 71 degrees here in the cabin and with the wet, rain, sleet, wind and snow outside, it feels really cold in here. I think that I must get to making some food in the oven, in the casserole dish, baking to create some warm yummies for us inside. What do you all want me to make? hmmm……..

I am thinking one of my regular Italian casserole pasta dishes. Mince, hamburger for you Americans, browned and then simmered for a half hour to hour in lots of onions and garlic minced in. Throw in a few red, yellow, and orange sweet bell peppers. some chopped or maybe even stewed tomatoes, a bit of cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, some cream cheese and a touch of Parmesan cheese for a 4 cheese flavor. Some basil and oregano from the herb garden and put it all together to bake it nice in the oven. Take the lid off the last few minutes so the mozzarella on top can crisp up a bit. Throw in a few pieces of garlic Naan bread and we are good to go. I don’t know what you are going to have but this sounds good to me and I am hungry!! I am going to make an Aztec Coffee as well to enjoy while I go to create!!