I need some advice, input and help. What I really need is a visit from Stacy London, but PLEASE don’t REALLY send them, because I know how to dress to impress… I just need the motivation more often.
The Knight and Fred, 8-2007
Going on 13 years with an indoor basset hound has a lot to do with it. While this photo is from work, and the Knight is in work clothes, the same positions are assumed at home. There’s dog hair everywhere, slobber and goobers on pants, etc.
Yesterday afternoon, when Gretchen fell into the hot tub, the hemlock ring was wrapped around her, after she came out of the body sheet towel that was first called into service. (She’s fine; we’d never had the hot tub cover open since she came to live with us, and the Knight was right there to scoop her out, and a lesson was learned… she won’t venture past the top step anytime soon!)
Baby Sissy was tucked in under my favorite shawl (by Grace – today’s her birthday, so pop over and wish her a great one!). My point here is, I USE my handknits, and since my dogs are very much a part of my life, they use them too, in a sense.
Where am I going with all of this? Well, all of the above plays into my decisions when I am choosing a pattern for a wrap for me. THAT part is not open for debate, and if it offends you that I don’t shield my knits from my dogs… I won’t apologize. I also make the same considerations when I knit for friends with small children. Nothing with too many delicate yarn overs for little fingers to get caught in, baby blankets are made to be machine wash and dry, etc.
Toy sheep with Sharpie-drawn face
So, the point of this whole post is that while I’m very comfortable dropping a shawl of any shape around my shoulders, I don’t know how to wear them in public. I’d like to wear them more, because shawls are my favorite project right now, and I have several that deserve to be seen outside of the house.
What shape do you like best, and why?
Where do you wear your knitted wraps? Please be specific. I paint a broad stroke with my attire, and while my daily look is what Stacy would probably call high school casual (jeans and a decent shirt), I also do cocktail and black tie several times a year, with everything in between too.
HOW do you wear them? With a shawl pin? Tied? Flapping in the breeze? Some other stylin’ method?
The chair doesn't have THAT body part...
While we’re at it, let’s attack the basic triangular shawl with its yarn over increases making an arrow pointing right to the body part most of us LEAST want ANYTHING to point to…
What do you think about the triangle and the “bottom point”?
I happen to like the function of this style. If the shawl is large enough, I can tie the front ends in a couple of different ways, and I can walk dogs, wash dishes, knit and otherwise go about my life. The dogs have never scoffed at the point that points to a place I don’t want to draw eyes to, but precious as they are, they’re not good fashion advisors.
While we’re at it, share your favorite shawl patterns with me. I have a BIG contest coming next month/week/soon, but I’ve asked so much of you that I should offer something for your troubles, huh?
How ’bout a gift certificate to one of my favorite indie dyers for some sock shawl yarn? If enough of you participate, I’ll give two certificates, one each to two favorite dyers.
You’ll get one entry for EACH of the questions you answer, because I asked a lot. Keep in mind you don’t have to be a knitter to enter! (Yeah, you probably won’t get an entry for the favorite pattern part, but…)
If more than ten of you answer ALL the questions, EVERYONE answering ALL the questions (with non-knitters who mention they don’t knit getting a buy on the fave pattern question) will be entered in a separate drawing for that second gift certficate. The rest of you will have to duke it out for the original prize, okay?
I did highlight the questions, to make it easier. No bonuses will be given for advertising this contest, but obviously, the more answers I get, the more prizes I’ll give.
Contest ends at 8am Eastern time (my time!) on Friday, October 2nd, which is both my favorite aunt and uncle’s anniversary and the anniversary of her father/my grandfather’s death. Prizes will be awarded right here, whenever I get around to blogging on Friday, assuming I’ve worked out the prize details with the two friends I’m blind-siding.