May Day Poncho

I finally got around to blocking my May Day Poncho. This was a knitalong organised by Iris Schreier (the founder of Artyarns, but more on Iris next time) over on Ravelry.

You’ll know by know of my love for Artyarns yarns, after all this yarn was the impetus for starting my online yarn store…. I had to have Artyarns available here in Australia to share with fellow Aussies.

The May Day Poncho is knit in Artyarns Silk Rhapsody Glitter Light, colour 904 which is a beautiful blue/purple with a touch of silver. And it only took 1 skein!

It looks so fine & delicate but this yarn held up well when I made a couple of mistakes and it had to be pulled undone.

I’ve been asked how to block the yarn, as it is labelled dry clean recommended. Here’s how I blocked my poncho:

I filled a bowl with tepid water and put the scrunched up lace into the bowl, gently pressing it down until it stayed submerged. Then left it there for about 15 minutes while I assembled my blocking boards and found the pins. (I’ve since bought a blocking kit that contains the flexible wires & T pins).

I just use the foam squares that fit together. I think they are meant to be for camping but I like that I can arrange them in a size & shape to suit whatever it is I am blocking. The pins are the normal flower/daisy head pins I had from when I used to quilt.

After tipping most of the water from the bowl, I transferred the poncho (supporting its weight) onto a towel. I rolled the towel & squeezed to remove most of the water. Then it was just a matter of arranging the poncho onto the blocking boards & pinning out the points.

Just gorgeous!

And if blue & purple aren’t your colours of choice, I also stock this yarn in other colours.