Monday, July 18, 2011

It's a shawl world after all

I used to say "I am not a shawl person." I couldn't really imagine myself wearing one because clothes that aren't firmly attached to my body seem to get entangled, fall off, or get in the soup. Yet I  knit three shawls just because I like knitting them. I enjoyed the challenge of my first lace shawl,  Print O' the Wave Stole designed by Eunny Jang.
I enjoyed the portability while traveling: one tiny ball of lace weight yarn provides hours and hours of knitting enjoyment. The magic of blocking to transform a pile of random looking yarn into a thing of beauty was so satisfying. I love the leaf shapes on Muir designed by Rosemary Hill.
   Recently, a curious thing happened—I started wearing my shawls. And you know what? Wearing a shawl isn't all that hard; so far I haven't had any shawl mishaps. My smallest shawl a Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark.
It's the perfect little addition to take along when I'm worried about a slight chill on a summer evening. My larger shawls are quite effective against overly powerful summer air-conditioning in restaurants or movies. The best part is that the shawl can be put in a very small zip plastic bag and into the purse, to be whipped out when needed.
It saves the inconvenience of lugging around a large sweater in hot weather and the embarrassment having people say things like "You're really going to take that?" I am a shawl person after all.


Grand Purl Baa said...

Ha! Never say never.
They are beautiful.

Rosana Milare said...

You are really an artist! Love everything you make!

Evelyn said...

Shawls are wonderful go-to projects and you obviously are a master at knitting them! Beautiful.