I’ve been traveling a lot this fall, and the fashion trend I’ve noticed in airports and around town on brisk days is the blanket scarf. Recently, I even stalked a woman wearing one at Denver International Airport. It was store-bought, and I had no idea whether she was a weaver or a knitter, so I couldn’t employ the “weaver’s handshake” and touch it, but we did exchange a few words about it, and I took a mental snapshot for future inspiration. To me, the Glamp Shawl woven on a rigid-heddle loom by Deb Essen and featured in Little Looms 2018 can also be considered a blanket scarf—not so big that you can’t wrap it around your neck but plenty big enough to provide warmth when you want it.
I believe the versatility of blanket scarves is what drives their popularity—they go from scarf to shawl and back without a hitch. When I travel, they are my go-to accessory. When it’s chilly on the plane or in the airport, I unwrap the scarf from my neck and use it around my shoulders to keep warm. If the weather is more than a little chilly, a long-enough blanket scarf works like a small blanket. The Glamp Shawl is more versatile than most blanket scarves because it can also go from casual to dress-up, from daytime wear to nighttime wear. The color-and-weave design makes it look like something other than the sturdy plain weave that it is, while the superwash merino and sett create a drapey, warm shawl. Deb added a hint of bling—with the silver-colored beads on the fringe—but not so much that the shawl isn’t comfortable to wear.
A little bling on the fringe lets the shawl move seamlessly from day to night wear. Photo credit: George Boe
Have someone on your gift list for whom it’s hard to buy? Consider weaving the Glamp Shawl for them. Warm, cozy, versatile, and a little blingy—what’s not to love.
Weave well and stay warm,