In my experience, only great joy can be had from an email titled "Increasing your wool stash". Louise, my sister and fellow blogger was willing to part with some yarn and I wasn't about to turn it down, particularly when it is the beautiful Araucania Ruca. Postage from the west coast of Australia to the east isn't known for its rapid delivery and while waiting for wool to arrive I had a chance to look for patterns and decided on a lovely Drops Crocheted Poncho, although my daughter insisted that there were to be no frills and I did have to agree with her on that point. The star of this piece is definitely the yarn and extra embellishment would take away from its beauty.
Louise did warn us that as lovely as this yarn is, it was troublesome to wind and her warning was not unfounded as my poor husband will attest. I'm not sure if he will be such a willing wool winding partner after this! We spent a good hour or so tangling and untangling the wool as it oh-so-slowly wound its way onto my wool winder. Louise had kindly suggested a "Yarn Daisy Winder" as the easiest way of dealing with the skeins, but like the dutiful younger sister that I am, I completely ignored her advice... to my detriment...
We were delighted with the end result. It crocheted up in no time at all and my model has decided that not only can it be a poncho, but an off the shoulder statement piece and an infinity scarf. From my original three skeins, I still have a skein and a bit left of this luxurious yarn to play with. Next time I might just make something for me!