Now, I'm no knitting expert, I havent been doing it for that long- 2 years I suppose- so really I'm not necessarily qualified to judge but......
I have NEVER understood the deisre to knit shawls.
(I know, I'm sorry. Please dont judge me)
Why a shawl? Why not a scarf? When would you even wear a shawl??? I'm more a fan of brightly coloured nonsense knitting and crocheting. You know, knitted snakes, mug hugs and scarves. Nothing 'proper'. I've never made anything I can wear that wasnt a pair of gloves or a scarf. But I've noticed that the majority of the blogs I visit from the WIP and FO linky parties and the like have involved the knitting of a shawl at some point. And I've never understood why.
Until I saw this post.
How cute is that Wingspan????
I decided that I HAD to make my own wingspan. I downloaded the pattern and got really excited..... Until I realised that I dont have the required 3.5mm 60 cm circular needle or any 4 ply wool.:(
But then I found this beauty and remembered that the pattern does actually give adjustments for DK.
I bought it ages ago from Rainbow silks my LYS but never really had a plan for it.
However it's fate is sealed now. I'm quite excited.
I'm off on our residential on Monday (and taking my pink ripple blanket with me!) so I figured I'd order the needles I need before I go and they should arrive while I'm away, ready for some intense shawl knitting next weekend. I've also found this post which gives a few hints and tips. I can't wait to get started and for my needles to arrive.
I think I've become a shawl convert.
Oh and I've found a new link party over at http://naturalsuburbia.blogspot.co.uk. Go over and have a look. Have a good weekend everyone.