Make it work: X-Mas edition~ Llama Poncho repair

Starter on the truck went out... no traveling but for bike and bus, and bus doesn't run to the island on the holidays. I've paid my neccessary bills, but no extra money for the starter until next $$$. Oh well. I'm biking and busing, and wasting my waist away.

So, I spent the holiday...TWENTY HOURS+, watching old movies on DVD (To Sir With Love, anyone?) and fixing this Poncho: A Bolivian Handspun/handknit Llama Poncho that had been sitting in a 3 season porch on a chair next to a bag of birdseed. There are mice on the Porch... Need a say more? About 16 holes you could put your whole arm through, plus other chewed bits. I made Taco Bell wages fixing this, but I used it as a challenge of my skills.

I created new yarn from "felt joining) foot long bits of old yarn... from taking bits of old yarn and felting the fiber to a core yarn if I didn't have enough and couldn't find a match. It was 20 hours of MAKE IT WORK. The client was STUNNED with the result and I was pretty damn proud of myself. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Johnhansen-tarbox's picture

Amazing job. I don't think anyone could tell that it was such a mess before you repaired it.

murfpapa's picture

WOW! And you did this for TBell wages? The end result is amazing. Hope there was a gratuity involved for the exceptional work you put in to this.

MMario's picture

WOW! You really brought out your Inner Tim Gunn for this project!

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VillageKnittiot's picture

Great Job! That's beyond talent, that's a gift!

KnitsWithBalls's picture

Cute and made yarn skill...TAKE ME IM YOURS! :-p

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I bow down in humbleness, Bob. That repair job is truly phenomenal. I'm almost tempted to tell my friend that he should contract with you for the alterations. However, in all honesty, I don't think he would. Congrats on a great job. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Craig's picture

The wizard of the wool weaves his magic again. Great job..

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

Tom Hart's picture

Words fail me. I can see how the client was stunned. But I'd have to say it's beyond stunning. Something like that is true stitch wizardry. Pure magic. What a gift you've got.

AKQGuy's picture

Uhhhh.... Just a sec, I'll come up with words in a minute. Your skills are far better than Taco Hell wages dude. They should have replaced the truck's starter at the least. Amazing.

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grandcarriage's picture

Oh, it easily would pay for a new starter, but the utility and phone bills were first in line. I can live without a car for a while, but not without phone or heat. Thank goodness for Tri-met bus and rail lines and bicycles.

albert's picture

'Fess up- you used reverse-engineered Alien technology. You must have been trained in the Area 51 Fiber Arts Division.

grandcarriage's picture

Naw, I was raised on the island of Unwanted Christmas Toys. Herbie is my dentist.

MMario's picture

too bad; the former would make the more interesting movie and broadway musical adaptation....

with less royalties to pay as well........

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