Shawls and a post without pics

Happy July 4th!!  It's going to be raining all day today or at least a chance of all day.  That may hinder some grilling out parties.  My plan is to stay in the house, get some things done, take time to read, knit and maybe even spin.  We'll watch the Tour de France, hang out and then get to bed early because tomorrow is another work day, albeit a Friday!

I got up early this morning (rare for a day off) and enjoyed some coffee with the curtains open. We aren't able to open the curtains much in the summer because of the sunshine and the lack of shade around the house.  I was enjoying sitting in my new knitting corner in the office and finishing a book on my Kindle. 

After finishing the book, my mind started wandering.  It landed on Shawls. While we knitters love to knit shawls and even wear them, I don't see many others outside the knitting community wear them. I work downtown and see lots of workers tightly packed in a small area.  I never see them wearing knit shawls.  I wear mine at work when it gets cool in the office, but the other ladies wear sweaters/cardigans.  I will wear my shawl when I go out to lunch and get looks and comments about how pretty it is, but for all the love we have about shawls, why don't others wear them?  Are they just considered evening attire when you are going to a movie or out to dinner or out to the theatre?   Just curious I guess.  I am always thinking about the next shawl to make.  I have plenty saved in my Favorites on Ravelry. I know others do too. When do you wear yours?  Do you wear them to work?

As for my knitting projects...I have been pretty monogamous to the Yoked Cardigan.  I have parked the body stitches and I'm working on the sleeves. I want to do the sleeves first so that I can just knit away on the body and not worry about whether I'm going to have enough yarn to do the sleeves and the button bands.  I know I have plenty of yarn for this project, but I don't want to have to think about it.  I'll get a picture of it soon.  I'm spinning some fiber I bought at The Yarn Company in NYC. It's going to be really pretty.

That's it for now, more to come later.


Jackie said…
My favorite way to wear shawls is backwards (with the bulk of the shawl on the front side of my body) tucked into a light jacket in the winter. Living in Florida, that's all I need to stay warm! Just keeping my neck really warm and cozy makes a big difference! These are generally smaller shawls and I have quite a few of them.

I also have a larger shawl that I love to take to the movies. It does a good job of keeping me comfortable in a cool theatre.

I have a very large rectangular shawl that needs blocking. I'll probably wear that one more traditionally. I'll also be able to wrap that one completely and keep it closed with a shawl pin - looking forward to that!
Kathy... said…
I much prefer large shawls and I wear them the "old fashioned" way. Over my shoulders and usually tied....they stay on that way, and I have free movement with my arms. I wear mine mostly just around the house, occasionally out and about, but not to work, as I don't!!! (Work that is.) I find them the perfect light wrap for reading, spinning, or knitting on a cool evening. I also take them to the theater - or most anywhere else that I would take a light sweater.

Last year when I was helping at preschool, (and did wear my shawls there) all three teachers went crazy over my shawls and I spun, knit, and gifted one to each of them. But - I never saw them wear them. :( Goes to show that we are sometimes too generous -- perhaps their praise was only being polite to the crazy shawl lady. Sigh....