You gotta love it, really. And honestly, if you didn't, you'd probably kill yourself instead. This yarn thing is taking over my life and to tell you the truth, except for the fact that the usual path I take from my bed to my computer (across the house) is being overrun by yarn, yarn accessories, books and laundry, it's all good.
I was sort of surprised that there were so many comments about shawls this past post. Thing is, I am a little wary of talking too much about them. Many of you are, shall we say, *Sensitive?* about shawl-wearing and all the stuff that goes along with it (like shawl pins, for example, and whether or not they are art or they are function because in my book, never the two shall truly meet in a good way).
But I've had a bad day. I received some bad news about a family member (my late mom's husband). He's in terrible trouble--gravely ill--and I'm sad.
So I figure I deserve a break. Plus, my head is still spinning from the vertigo. So, I'm going to take a moment and tell you what I really think about shawls. And, as usual. I will tell nothing but the truth. If I hurt someone's feelings, please accept my apologies in advance. Usually, if I don't have something at least half-cheeky or half-nice to say, I avoid talking about it altogether. But today, it's gonna be all about shawls and I'm not holding back.
Warning: Beginning of Shawl Opinion
Shawl wearing is for grannies and for the people who take risks. If you are neither, do not attempt to wear a shawl. If you consider your shawl a work of art, hang it on a wall. Don't bother with the shoulders part.
Shawls are for people who are feeling a slight chill. Furthermore, shawl's do not need a piece of jewelry like a shawl pin. A shawl pin, in my mind, is an excuse to wear a shawl pin. So, there's obviously no need to wear one. I already wear a ring and earrings sometimes, so why should I add a shawl pin? It's like this, friends: I will not wear a matching set of earrings, bracelet and necklace (one will do well on its own). Similarly, I will not wear two hand-knitted items at once unless they are a pair of socks or a pair of mittens or possibly a hat and a scarf (that do not match). I'm a risk taker but not that big of a risk taker.
But you say, "Shawl pins are so pretty! Artisans make them! Why would you shun the shawl pin?" Shawl pins, other than the fact that I consider them a bad excuse for jewelry, I tend not to like them. Sorry for that info. I just don't. Part of it comes from the idea that the shawl pin might snag the shawl. It will, in my mind, also weigh the thing down. And heck: Who needs a shawl pin? Just tie the shawl around your neck and be off with your bad self! (And anyway, if you really like the shawl pins, go ahead and wear one; who cares what I think? Or, if you really, really like the way they look, hang one on your wall next to your shawl.)
Do not drape a shawl. Do not "display" it. That's what they make chairs and those quilt racks for. Or, if showing it off is your goal, take a picture of it and put it in your brag book.
Throw on your shawl and wrap it around you. Tie it up. Wrap it around and around and around yourself. I like them when they have weight. I do not want one made of lace. I do not want one with scary bits that might get hooked on a rosebush or little kid. I want one with oomph. I want one to wear in bed (I do that) and I want one that's heavy and solid and will actually keep me warm. I want to tie it in a tight, thick knot in front.
I do not want to knit a shawl that compels me to throw a party when I finally complete it. And most of all: I do not want a shawl that needs to be "blocked" into perfect little points with those teeny tiny pins.
End of shawl opinion.
(Thank you for your attention and your restraint.)