Monday, July 31, 2006

Shawls are the New Sweater

You know - like how every season "they" tell you the new hot color... "orange is the new pink" - or whatever whim they're on and trying to promote.

For me - shawls are the new sweater. I have found that I am completely a shawl person. Icarus clinches it. I LOVE wearing it. I love how it keeps the chill off - but it's not a sweater. It's so much more fun than a sweater. It flows when you walk - kind of fulfilling the love affair I've had with capes since childhood - something about they way they flow. Very Dramatic. For me, a shawl is the new sweater.

Maybe I'll start my one woman campaign to bring back the shawl. You don't see a lot of them. Someone told me it's because they were for "old ladies and grandmas," you know, like knitting...

Yeah, well - I may be old-er..., but I'm not a grandma yet - and I still think and pretend I'm young.... and I hang with a younger crowd - and yesterday, they all loved my shawl at its debut. So there. Young and old alike. They loved it.

I'm going to be knitting a lot of shawls - all different kinds, and I'm gonna wear them everywhere.

So, if you're looking for me out and about, I'll be the one with the gorgeous shawl worn with the dramatic flair - you know, so it swoops alot. The woman with the slightly frazzled look, the wild woman hair... but the gorgeous shawl.

Hey, I gotta start somewhere on my road to glamourdom - it's gonna be a long haul.

Specs: Icarus, Summer 2006 Interweave Knits.
Yarn: Interlacements, Rick Rack II (Judy Ditmore), color 119, about 1200 yards. 100% Rayon. And yes.... to my great relief, rayon blocks well and makes "points"
Needles: Addi Turbos, size 3, 24"
Comments: Great pattern, fun knit, well written. Big payoff. I still walk into the other room just to look at it.

33 Comments:

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Jennifer said...

It's gorgeous! Enjoy wearing your shawl. They are the new sweater!

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger Chris said...

It's stunning! You should drop Mim a line about finishing it.

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Isela: Purling Sprite said...

It is gorgeous! I *really* like the color. Enjoy wearing it :)

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Sharon in Ireland said...

Well done. It looks fabulous. I've been thinking about getting into lace knitting and perhaps making a shawl myself. There seems to be no shortage of patterns for them.

 
At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Mom said...

I'm so impressed! It's beautiful!
Boy, do you get points for perseverance. And you can wear it when those cool breezes(?) blow over there across the river! Thank goodness the heat wave is over...for now.

 
At 9:38 AM, Blogger Sonya said...

Lynda, it's beautiful! I'm sure the fashionable set will all be wearing shawls in short order. You should be a very proud knitter!

 
At 10:08 AM, Anonymous Beth said...

Your shawl is beautiful! Great job!

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Karen said...

Wow wow wow!!! It came out terrific!! I wish I could see you swooping it in person. Please do make shawls come back. :)

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger Brenda said...

beauty! your lace work has inspired me to keep going on my first lace attempt...

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Chris said...

It is gorgeous! I agree, shawls are my new sweater. I have 1 done, 1 on the needles and 2 to start. What? Never even had a desire to knit so much lace.

 
At 3:20 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

I have a gazillion shawls. I used to wear them all the time but then I just kind of stopped. I have made many as gifts (teachers love them!) Seeing your finished shawl might get me starting up again! It is beautiful. I definitely will join your campaign to get them popular again!

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger Shar said...

It's beautiful!!

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger keohinani said...

gorgeous! i don't have the patience for shawls, unfortunately. i also don't like how the back draws attention to my butt - cuz hey, that's where the back corner points! i think i could make a triangular stole...maybe, possibly, eventually...yeah.

apolo ohno is hot! hee :)

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger miss88keys said...

In our climate, shawls ARE the new sweater. Unfortunately, I don't have either!

Your shawl is B-E-A-UTIFUL!! You should be so proud of yourself. So what shawl pattern will you be working on next?

 
At 5:49 PM, Blogger Shelley said...

The shawl is absolutely gorgeous!!

I had someone, a 26 year old, tell me yesterday at church that I am too old for my age. She said that I shouldn't be knitting and carrying around a "carpet bag" (her words - it's actually one of those sort of tapestry tote bags) that contains yarn and knitting stuff, and I shouldn't like cats. Then she said, and I quote, "How do you ever expect to find a man like that? You're too old for your age!"

Had I been thinking, I would have said something like "Ok, well lets see...you don't like cats and you don't knit or carry around a so called carpet bag filled with yart, and do you have a man? Nooooo! So there!" However, I just laughed at her and said that I would just knit a sweater for my man and he'll love me for it. She just rolled her eyes.

 
At 6:32 PM, Blogger opportunityknits said...

It's beautiful and I ditto all the good stuff you've mentioned about shawls, plus, no finishing required (unlike sweaters) :)
I am choosing a pattern for my next shawl and Icarus is definitely a strong contender.

 
At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Jeanie said...

Oh. My. Gosh. LYNDA!!!!! It's GORGEOUS!!! It's HUGE!!! And it's PERFECT!!!! I am beyond impressed girl! I think you've found your niche!

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger HibiscuitsGirl said...

Lynda! It's gorgeous! Congratulations!

And you know, I'm only 28, and I wear shawls everywhere when it's cool enough. I love them. NOT for old ladies!

 
At 7:46 PM, Anonymous heather said...

Oh! It IS gorgeous! I love love love it. You have really become quite the knitter, Lynda.

I am so envious of the way your hair makes the cute ringlets. Wild woman hair isn't cute ringlets. It's uncontrollable friz with a wee bit of gray peeking through old hair color at the part. Yup.

Swoop on.

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Marsha said...

Very pretty! I need to add a shawl to my repertoire!! I crocheted one a bizillion years ago - white acrylic with fringe - BLECH!! ¡Llego a ser un esnob muy grande del hilo! Tee hee, I don't really habla espanol - I cheated. (I'm becoming a very big yarn snob!). Besides, 40 is the new 20 and 50 is the new 30...

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger Kat said...

Wow - that is so beautiful. You did an amazing job! Cheers to the "new sweater"!

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Sheryl said...

I'm right there with you girlfriend. I am loving shawls and wraps of all kinds. I haven't gotten brave enough to knit a lace one yet. Yours is INCREDIBLE. Wear it with pride!

 
At 8:42 AM, Blogger Kaity said...

Whoever said "Orange is the new Pink" was seriously disturbed.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Charity said...

Beautiful! You did a great job, and you look lovely in it! Glamourdom is just around the corner, I'm thinking :0)

 
At 4:23 PM, Blogger Amy from Ezekiel's Garden said...

Gorgeous!!!

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger amylovie said...

Beautiful Lynda! Wear it with pride.

Amy

 
At 7:28 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Wow. Really lovely! :)

 
At 6:23 AM, Blogger Cattycorner said...

I totally agree - orange has always been the new pink for me. And have you tried a "pelerine"? So continental - it would give you a whole new cache.

And to answer your comment on my blog - Mr Cinco is a normal looking Persian (that's him on my profile pic). I just love it when he's on his back and looks like blancmange (tm Monty Python).

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

It's incredible!

And when it's just too hot to wear it you can hang it in the window and just admire it.

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger ~kirsten~ said...

Pretty! And, yay! Finished!

The Fall Intereweave Knits has a bee-you-ti-full shawl pattern...run out and get it!

:O)

 
At 2:10 PM, Blogger jillian said...

Stunning! Your Icarus is jsut gorgeous - you should be so proud!

 
At 11:36 AM, Blogger uhoava gnu said...

Beautiful shawl! I'll join your campaign: Shawls are the New Sweater! Only uneducated people think they're not great :P

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Amanda Cathleen said...

Fantastic job! Its truly breathtaking : )

 

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