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Old 12-26-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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Are shawls useful?/What should I knit?
Hey everyone. I'm done with Christmas knitting and want to make a few projects for myself. Right now, my only WIP is my first Bayerische sock... and these socks require much time and concentration. I want get at least one more project OTN, if not two. But the problem is, I'm not sure what to knit!
I already have like three hats and one warm headbandy thing. And four scarves or so. And a couple pairs of gloves/mittens. So that's plenty.
And usually, I just knit socks. But I have these complicated socks I'm working on, and I've just finished a ton, and I'm going to be making a ton for other people over these next few months. I'm in the mood for something new and exciting and different.

I'm thinking maybe a lacy shawl? The only lace I've ever done was in Monkey socks, which I loved. And I like the look of lace shawls. But would I get very much use out of it? If I take a lot of time and effort to make it, I'll definitely make an effort to wear it... but I've never had a shawl and don't really know the occasion to use one. Maybe a stole or something? But the same issue applies with that.

So what do you guys think? And how do you deal with project indecision?

ETA: Here's one I especially like
I also love this ... Eunny's pattern are so awesome but usually complicated and take me quite some time to knit... and it's with laceweight. I'd make it if I knew I could use it... :/
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:18 PM   #2
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I'm looking forward to seeing your answers. The more I hear about people making shawls wraps, and the more beautiful pictgures I see, the more I think I want one...but I'm still not quite sure where or with what I would wear one!
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:21 PM   #3
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I feel the same I love some of the patterns I've seen and it looks like a fun project, but I don't know where I would wear one. I even have difficulty finding somewhere to wear a worsted weight or heavier sweater. I get the most use out of sock or fingering weight knitted items.
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:24 PM   #4
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Well I would like to do one in fingering weight yarn - though I will probably feel terrible using beautiful sock yarn for a non-sock project!
Really, though, I'm not opposed to anything from a fingering weight to a worsted weight project. I just want something I can fall in love with. Is that too much to ask? I mean, if I'm going to take the time to knit it, and it's for myself... I need to LOVE it! :D
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:36 PM   #5
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Well Jeanie from the new Knitty is fabulous! I never really thought I'd wear a shawl but I love the look of this one! And it is made with Sock yarn. I think it is just so beautiful!!
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:50 PM   #6
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I personally prefer shrugs as I cannot hold onto a shawl and do what needs to be done whether I am out or in the house. That said I do have a shawl I throw around my shoulders if I am just reading in bed. I make lots of prayer shawls to give away...
What about a felting project - bags, potholders, coasters, placemats, felted bowls and baskets are cool and different...I always try to keep a few different sizes on hand for birthday gifts.
Right now I am branching out and starting to work on more socks - got some really nice sock yarn with the thread to carry along for the toes and heel for Christmas
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I like shrugs as well. You don't have to worry about them falling off.
I just checked out the book "Knits Three Ways" at the library. There is a great lacy shrug pattern in it. It's called Ursula. It's a large rectangle that you sew together to make sleeves. Then, you pick up stitches around the opening and do 3 1/2 inches of ribbing.
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Old 12-26-2007, 05:40 PM   #8
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I've not yet finished the two shawl/wraps I've started (one wasn't as lacy as I'd hoped and the yarn on the other is difficult to work with)

that said, I love wraps and use non-knitted ones all the time, especially when travelling. they are perfect on flights and can work as a scarf if you don't want the coverage. My personal preference is the rectangular wrap but the occasional triangular shawl has caught my eye, I just don't feel it's as versatile for me.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:13 PM   #9
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i loooooove the lacework on a lot of the shawls that i see and i wonder about the same things....would i wear a shawl? if so, where would i wear it? if anything, you could put it out as decoration? like lay it over a chair or something?
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I just asked this very question on Ravelry and got a lot of replies about it. Here's the thread if you're interested... http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/patterns/32536/1-25
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