When I was in elementary school (in the '70s), my mom crocheted ponchos for me. By far, my favorite was one made of varigated purple and lavendar yarn. I think I would have worn it everyday if she'd have let me. Anyway, I taught myself to crochet a couple of years ago, but hadn't ventured into making garments for myself yet. But, I ran across a pattern for a poncho in an old crochet magazine (that if have since mislayed, I'll update it if I find it) and had to do it. It turned out to be a great stash-buster, it used 10 different yarns. I got to use up a bunch of purple and lavendar yarns that I'd collected doing afghans for nieces and other little girls; including two kinds of really soft, varigated purple yarns--like the poncho my mom made me! It is also really cool because each band of color uses a different stitch or technique.
Hope you enjoy!
(Sorry for the picture quality, I used my iPhone camera, so the photo isn't the greatest.)