Now, I have nothing against ponchos. But, it really pisses me off that the poncho Martha got from her inmate friend has now become THE poncho to make. Lion Brand has already made a version of the pattern available. The kicker is that the woman who made the poncho really won't get any credit for this design. You know if she had been out of prison and had tried to sell these ponchos, no one would have bought them and she would probably still be trying to find a job. Do you honestly think Lion Brand would have BOUGHT that pattern from her? I'm not sure what she did to be incarcerated in the first place, but it makes me feel bad to think she will probably never get the credit she deserves for her creativity.
Maybe Lion Brand will do something beside try and make money and actually donate yarn to the prison. I can think of a lot of homeless people who could benefit from having a knit hat or scarf...and women in prison sure have plenty of free time to spend knitting.