General blather

We All Shawl Down

For a long time, I resisted shawls as a knitting project option.  Other knitters were working away at them, sometimes quite a lot of them.  I saw the patterns on Ravelry and in the magazines, and sometimes would even stop to look longingly at them before deciding to pass.

More recently, I have grown to embrace shawldom in many of its forms, and now see them as a good way to try out new techniques and/or work with extravagant yarns that I could not afford to make into a sweater or skirt or something more substantial.  But before that realization, I had two reasons to not knit any shawls.

  1. Where would I wear a shawl?  Maybe if my job was as a historical interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg, or if I had a hobby of going along to Civil War re-enactment camps and being a butter churner or something.  Then I’d have a place to wear a shawl.  Otherwise, no. Now, of course, that excuse is gone.  Shawls are something of a thing.  Perhaps not a full-blown thing, but I do see enough people wearing them that it seems somewhat normal-ish.And to everyone who says “Who cares what others are wearing?  Be a free spirit!  Wear what you love!” –  I tried that one year.  I wore hats.  Not everyplace, but most places.  And you know what?  I was the crazy hat lady.  There were many super-awkward conversations where the person was clearly trying to find out what was up with the hats without actually mentioning the hats.  Enough of them that I know I don’t want to be a free spirit, sartorially speaking.
  2. I have no idea how to wear a shawl attractively.  None at all.  I have looked online at all the guides.  I have had stylish people try to explain it to me.  Nope.  In general when I wear a shawl or scarf, I look like I tried unsuccessfully to hang myself, then just gave up and came to work anyway.  Now, as I mentioned, I do now actually knit shawls and scarves. Which means wearing them, because I’m darned if I’m going to make the effort to knit a Fox Paws and then not show it off. By dint of some trial and error, I have come up with some ways to wear shawls, but those ways are not stylish ways.  Observe!

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The”Fashion Bandita”!

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The “I Have Given Up”.  Sometimes the broad part slips down my arm until it looks like a really elaborate sling.

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The “Get Me To a Nunnery” I only do this one when I am cold at work.

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The “Da Comrade”

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The “Devil May Care”, or with a longer scarf “The Aviatrix” My go-to method with scarves.  Because I can’t think of anything better.

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The “I Have Given Up – Scarf Edition” This one happens after I tried the Devil May care, but either the scarf or my outfit (or both!) is made of slippery fibers, and the over-the-shoulder part has fallen down so many times I just cannot make myself care anymore.

So there are my neck accessory wearing styles.  Someday I may be able to actually wear these things like a stylish person.  But that day is not today.  And probably not anytime soon.  So if you have any tips, send them my way!

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