Time for a big photo-heavy update. First, here's my finished poncho for my 6-year-old niece:
And a close-up of the scalloped edge detail (also, you can see the color of the yarn better here):
And a picture of the poncho-in-progress for my 4-year-old niece:
And, last but not least, I've been making stitch markers again (these and others for sale at The Smiling Turtle):
I am very happy with the way the first poncho came out. I'd started the second one with a smaller hook, but then had to frog it and re-start with the same hook size as I'd used for the first one, since it was coming out too small.
I got to go to a Stitch and Bitch last Wednesday! I just found out recently that it meets down the street from where I work. Sweet! I had so much fun meeting people and crocheting. I plan to go back as often as I can (probably almost every week).
I have become somewhat obsessed with Noro Taiyo yarn. Here's a pic of the 1 skein I own:
It is so beautiful! It is telling me that it wants to become fingerless gloves. Unfortunately, it's also telling me that it wants to be a scarf and a hat. NEED MORE!!! Heehee. Luckily, my birthday is coming up... ;)
I bought it (and some Lorna's Laces Honor and Queensland Sugar Rush) at Fresh Purls in Providence, RI when I was there visiting some friends for Columbus Day weekend. It's a really nice store, with very helpful and friendly saleswomen.
Guess that's it for now! I'm glad I got some good sunlight for picture-taking today.