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.

3 comments:

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.