Having grown up with real traditional Andean ponchos, I have always been kind of a skeptic and denialist about various other riffs on the concept, like the one where it’s basically like a poncho, but it’s not joined at the front — so it’s kind of like a shawl with a poncho back. Or a poncho with a shawl front. You know. A pon-shawl, or maybe it’s a shawncho.
But, when I arrived in Cusco in December and went to go pick up my usual selection of several machine-knit sweaters from one of the machine-knit garment stores, I also picked up one of these crazy garments that have mysteriously become popular here lately, because the prices were crazy good and I thought, well, if I don’t love it, no big deal, it’s still a nice piece of machine-knit alpaca fabric. And much to my surprise, I’ve found it totally useful. It folds up square and fairly small, it’s made from warm alpaca yarn, and I keep throwing it around my shoulders on a cold evening and I can even wear it under a coat if it’s really cold. Or over a sweater. It’s shockingly versatile, and I’m not sure if this counts as eating my words of scorn for such things in the past, but, well, here we are.
So in a fit of last-minute whimsy, I went back to that store yesterday and picked up a few to take with me to DFW Fiber Fest in case you, too, would like to check one out. Legit, I think you should. But if you already know you’d like one and you would like to pre-order for delivery at DFW (free), or for USA shipping the second week in April, or for shipping to places other than the USA via SERPOST on 29 March 2019, well, now you can!