Isn't it funny how tastes change? Especially with fashion? I remember doing a double-take when jeans tucked into boots came back on the scene several years ago. And now? I went to a charity event a few weeks ago and 85% of the ladies were sporting riding boots over skinny jeans.
I am not one of those types who likes to push a trend, especially ones that are, you know, trendy. But I do enjoy appraising a look that's of the moment and settling into it, if it catches my fancy. I am a girl, after all. And I think most of us are hard-wired to care about that sort of stuff.
And this is relevant to what, exactly? Well, shawls. Because even though it was less than a year ago that I proclaimed I favor shawlettes--not shawls--to wear as scarves, it seems I've done an about-face. You see, I am now firmly, and unapologetically, in the shawl camp.
Here is what I wrote on my Ravelry page:
When I re-learned to knit a year and a half ago, to be honest, I didn't "get" shawls. But then I knit a few small shawlettes and started feeling some twinges. Still, those were worn like scarves and I've always been a scarf girl.
But now? Sigh. I can't help but wonder if Color Affection will be the gateway to a shawl-y path I never expected to travel.
That said, I'm still not a hundred percent convinced I will actually *wear* a shawl as a shawl. I know that I want to knit them. And that I'll daydream about wearing them--this knit in particular--looking all stylish and fabulous like so many beautiful Ravelers. I will also undoubtedly cocoon up in it on the couch while knitting. *But.* Will I actually reach for it to drape around my shoulders when I leave the house? Hmmm.
Well, now that I've knit one (specifically, a Color Affection by Veera Välimäki in Plucky Primo), I can tell you this: I will wear it. And I love it to bits. Because I can wrap it around any and all outfits--even when I'm a wreck--and leave the house looking pulled together. It's like lipgloss for my wardrobe. I should note that it helps greatly if I'm wearing my skinny jeans and boots.
p.s. Max took these shots. Isn't that something?