Originally uploaded by vmusselm.
This is the completed Flower Basket Shawl. The pattern is by Evelyn Clark (publ. by Fiber Trends & Interweave Knits Fall '04.) The yarn is Alpaca With A Twist - Fino: 70% baby alpaca, 30% silk. (Nice stuff at a fair price, I would use it again.)
Note how the breeze catches a plays with the shawl. This, my pretty, is why we prefer shawls to poncho's.
A lace shawl moves with you, catches the subtleties of movement and enhances the form with grace and style.
A poncho, on the otherhand, is like a sandwich board. It makes one look like an immutable force and immoveable object. The poncho says: "Frumpy!"
I am at an age where Frumpy waits right outside my door, ready to pounce at the slightest fashion infraction. I don't need poncho's.
However...I do need more lace....scarves, shawls, stoles...sigh....