If you know me very well, you knew that this would come up – that’s right. The shawl!
I consider my shawl to be a staple in my wardrobe. Please don’t leave! Let me explain…
I discovered shawls when I discovered hand-painted yarn. I had only been knitting for a few years, and I fell in love with a beautiful skein of yarn that looked like a Monet watercolor. Then I found Ene – an Estonian lace shawl pattern.
So I bought both and embarked on my first lace project. After many hours and lots of frustration, I decided that I wasn’t ready, and I tucked it safely away. I finished out three years later, and I still feel beyond chic when I wear it.
So before you say you’re not a shawl person, think about the following:
- Have you ever bought the perfect dress for a special event, and the weather turned cool? Now what do you do?
- Do you find yourself irritated with air-conditioning in the summer, and you end up covering up that cute dress with the old cardigan on the back of your office chair?
- Would you like to add another season to the expensive trench coat you bought in the fall?
The answer to all of the above is a shawl? they make beautiful gifts, and once again, they don’t have to be expensive.
Pictured above (Left to right): Woven fabric wrap, about $10; my “Ene”; another of my projects, a Shetland lace pattern in a wool/silk blend.