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  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

The Head Honcho Of All The Ponchos

I've been banging on about 'finding the crafter within' again recently and may have mentioned it a few times here *cough* Silent Sunday *ahem* Mother of Purl *cough* but, for once in my life, I've actually finished a few projects.

I mentioned that the next one would be a BIG project as I'd seen the pattern for a poncho that looked a bit unusual (no Clint Eastwood jokes, purleeeeeese).  Because I am me, I decided to use needles and wool that I already had so I wasn't too sure how it would turn out.  What do you think?

poncho, closeup, front and back view

As I've changed the pattern slightly I'll tell you what I did.

The yarn recommended (a tweedy, rough type yarn) wasn't available so I used double chunky because it was on offer at the market.  I only used one strand of wool instead of two as the original pattern suggests.  The make of the wool I used is Byzantium and I used 4 x 200g balls which cost £3.49 each.  I used size 8 needles and a 5mm cable needle that I had hanging around.  The wool is a red, blue and purple mix.

[a new pair of needles usually cost a couple of quid and a pair of cable needles is about £1.50]

The basic pattern:

Cast on 70 stitches

K25, P2, K16, P2, K25
P25, K2, P16, K2, P25
K25, P2, C8B, C8F, P2, K25 *
P25, K2, P16, K2, P25
K25, P2, K16, P2, K25
P25, K2, P16, K2, P25
K25, P2, K16, P2, K25
P25, K2, P16, K2, P25

These 8 rows form your pattern.  Knit this pattern 25 times in total

* C8B = slide 4 stitches onto your cable needle and hold at the back of your work.  Knit the next four then knit the four on the cable needle
* C8F = slide 4 stitches onto your cable needle and hold at the front of your work.  Knit the next four then knit the four on the cable needle.
This process forms the 'plait' in the pattern.

Making up:

Sew one short edge to the end of one long edge as seen below.

poncho

How it knitted up using my method:

The neck of the poncho is very large which means it hangs on your shoulders or off one shoulder.  A great look for some but this doesn't keep your neck very warm.  However it does feel like a huge woolen blanket wrapped around you so great for these chilly evenings.  

What I would change:

If I knitted this again, I would knit the pattern format fewer times which would make a shorter 'point' but also a smaller neckhole.  I'd like to try this with different types of wool too.  I'll let you know how I get on!