Hey Guys! It's been a while, I know! I'm doing well, though, nestled up in Pennsylvania now and still enjoying knitting any chance I get.
I know in the past the topic of manshawls has cropped up in different ways. While some people feel insecure about the term, I am not one of those guys. In fact, I daily wear shawls (or dare I say "shawlettes"?), and it seems to work alright for me. During my absence, though, I knit two shawl-things that I thought you guys might particularly enjoy seeing.
Just this week I finished a manshawl - the kind you can really wrap up in. It's Anne Hanson's Hypotenuse shawl, which she designed at least partly with us guys in mind. It's knit up in Briar Rose Fibers 4th of July, which seems appropriate since Anne has a special fondness for Briar Rose Fibers. Okay, it's difficult not to have a particular fondness for this yarn. The yarn was part of a gift from some of you at a past MSKR, so a special thanks to you for helping to keep me warm! You don't know how grateful I am for your generosity!
The colors look kinda dark and drab (real manly, right?) until you get up close, then you see a gorgeous blend of purple and green. I love it. Thanks again, guys!
On the topic of manshawls, I figure it would be appropriate to share with you one that I knit up for a friend's father who is residing in a nursing home. She wanted something to keep his shoulders warm. Seeing firsthand how laundering happens at nursing homes, I went for a 75/25 acrylic/wool blend. Blocking became tricky, as did curling with such an expanse of stockinette; in addition, the sheer length surprised me. I solved the problem by folding it upon itself and adding a border to join the edges. The result is a super-cozy, squooshy wrap that sits nicely over the shoulders and should keep even an elderly man reasonably warm. Of course, I went for guy-friendly colors, though if you end up knitting one for me someday, I'm willing to be more adventurous. :)
Hugs all around, and happy knitting!