I must admit that when I first noticed that shawls were becoming the thing in the knitting realm, I was a bit baffled. I know something had to replace ponchos once those went out of favor, (which I was really dismayed about because I still love ponchos, but that's a whole other story) but shawls seemed a bit too... I don't know... Jane Austenish to carry over into our current modern times. I mean shawls and texting? It just didn't seem right.
Don't get me wrong. I love all things Jane Austen, myself. I've read every one of her books. I've probably watched Sense and Sensibility at least 400 times (much to my husbands dismay.) That scene where Elinor's shawl falls off while she's taking one of those oh so English strolls and talking to Edward and he tenderly places it back over her shoulder... *sigh.*
But the point is, I just couldn't really see the need to spend hours knitting a shawl and then where would I wear it and with what? I mean I'm pretty much a lounge pants/sweats and tee shirt kind of gal. In the summer I might wear a dress or two, but there's rarely a need for a shawl in a Houston summer.
Then I saw a girl in Starbucks and she had a shawl wrapped around her neck in this certain way so that it was more like a scarf and she looked très soigné, and I thought, well OK, I could maybe pull that off. And then I saw this pattern on Ravelry and I knew I had to make myself one. It kind of goes along with my whole granny craze that I've been on lately.
So I went for a little stash dive and found some sock yarn that I seriously don't even remember buying and before I knew it I had my first shawl. Here's three things I finally understand about shawls and why people love them.
1. They keep you so warm!
2. You can wear them inside without feeling like you're dressed for outside.
3. Shawls are like little blankets that are acceptable to carry around with you all day.
I actually did a little research on the shawl (because that's the kind of thing I do when I get semi-obsessed with something new) and I found out that shawls first came into fashion around the Jane Austenish times (1780-1870) along with all things in any way Oriental. Most everything else soon went out of style (turbans) but the shawl stuck around because it served an actual purpose which was mainly keeping women warm in drafty houses. And to think I used to feel sorry for poor Elizabeth Bennet and Elinor Dashwood freezing their arses off in the English winters with nothing but a shawl to keep them warm. Ha!
Here's Mr. Boy in my shawl. He always gets cold in the grocery store.
By the way, crocheting a shawl is so much less time consuming than knitting one. I used sock yarn and an F hook and it still went fairly quickly. I would have made it bigger, but I kept running out of yarn.
There are definitely more of these in my future. I've just about worn this one out already during this crazy cold winter storm nonsense. (I seriously have already had to mend it!)