I have resisted making a shawl ever since I started knitting in 2013. I've often been tempted to add one to my queue, especially as so many knitters seem to find them indispensable! Could I really even call myself a knitter without a shawl in my repertoire? *wink* But I've always found shawls a bit troublesome with little ones to wrangle, and worried knitting one would be a waste of both time and yarn. Then I saw Catherine's Cowboys and Angels shawls last May, and I knew I was in trouble! Lack of suitable yarn held me up for a while, but at last I came into possession of 4 skeins of Vidalana Lofti DK in the colorway "Mittens." It's purple-and-white, but it reads pink from a distance.
This shawl was such a treat to knit! The pattern is by Isabell Kraemer, and it's so well-written. It kept me company through many a hot summer afternoon, while the littles frolicked at the splash pad and I sheltered in the shade.
The details in this pattern were what really attracted me -- lattice, bobbles, texture. My yarn was a bit heavier than the pattern called for, so it ended up thick and cozy. Which suits me just fine, because I've discovered that a shawl is quite a comforting thing. And comfort is something that's quite welcome in this heavy, weary year. I love to wrap myself up in and enjoy the warmth and peace. At least until I'm called away by a child or a task, which usually happens within five minutes...
I'm glad I finally succumbed to shawl knitting, though I know better than to let it become a habit. And I have a feeling my current queue (which only seems to get longer, not shorter) will keep my busy for a while!