How did I become a shawl knitter? There was a time when I proudly announced I would never knit shawls. I remember the day and where I was. It was my first time at Knit Camp and every one around me was knitting them. I just did not see me ever wearing or needing one. I might have equated it with "being old" or maybe it was more of a skill set (fine yarns, small needles, lacey stitches) that had me making such a brash statement.
When did I become a shawl knitter? Again, I can remember where I was and when. It was on a plane to the Cayman Islands in February a decade or so ago. The yarn was Lionbrand Homespun on big needles and was a simple triangular shawl. The color was a beigey sort. Always being cold, I thought it would be a great idea to take a shawl in progress on my trip and as luck would have it, I was able to knit it and cast it off while on my vacation and even use it a bit while there.
Why did I become a shawl knitter? Honestly, I'm not a shawl knitter. I just seem to be knitting a lot of them right now. Let's face it, there is a ton of shawl patterns out there and some wonderful yarns to knit them out of. Every time I see another new one on Ravelry, I want to cast it on.
My friend Becky says I knit them because I don't want to take the time to fit a sweater. That may be a bit true, but I'm a compulsive knitter and there are some pretty cool sweaters that I have my eye on for this Fall. But, in the mean time, I'm going to knit some shawls.
How about you?