Clint Eastwood is in town!

File 2015-08-24, 5 48 36 PMTwenty years ago I File 2015-08-26, 6 22 25 PMknitted myself a poncho in psychedelic colours. Over the years my personal style has become more muted, but I’ve kept the poncho for camping trips. It doesn’t work as camouflage in the bush, but it keeps me warm!

File 2015-08-25, 11 04 17 PMOn our most recent holiday my husband discovered the joys of ponchohood when he got up one chilly night to watch the stars – and wore my poncho. The next morning when I woke up, he had it all worked out – I was going to knit him a poncho and it had to look like “Clint Eastwood’s poncho in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

File 2015-08-25, 11 02 50 PMBack home we did some research. Turns out Clint wore the poncho in that movie and also in A Fistful of Dollars. Hubby wanted it in various hues of brown.

As luck would have it Wool Textiles, my favourite wool shop in Fordsburg, Johannesburg, had just received an alpaca-and-wool-blend from Turkey. I used that as the basis for the poncho and I added some yarn from my stash – wool, tweed and cotton blends.

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I decided on moss stitch because it “blends” different colours and textures beautifully. I added the squares in homage to Clint’s poncho. (And also to provide some interest for me while knitting – I needed a break now and then from the 440-stitches-long rows!)

It took over five weeks of knitting, at an average of more than four hours a day. A labour of love that you can’t put a price tag on.

There’s just one problem: now I also want one!

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