My Mother-in-Law, that is.
she was telling me that when "the girls" came over for bridge at the condo, she gave them a tour, showing them some new furniture. She told me she had taken the pink cashmere shawl OUT OF STORAGE, to drape across the bed so the ladies could see it and admire it.
that's where the talking to came into play. I can appreciate her wanting to show it off - that's pretty cool that she likes it so much, she wants to show it off. The problem is that she had to take it out of storage! "What the hell was it doing in storage?" I asked.
"Well, it's too good to just wear around - I only keep it for 'good' " she said.
Am I the only knitter offended by this? I made it for her to WEAR, not to pack away, and I told her so. I said if she was going to pack it away, then I wanted it back, and I'd loan it to her for viewing purposes only. I then got my FIL involved, and told him to make sure she wore it, and wore it often. She could scrunch it around her neck as a scarf, or drape it as a shawl, but if I found out it was being packed away, I was coming down to get it, and worse, HIS supply of hand knits would stop. That got my FIL's attention, he who loves the handknit socks. I could hear him tell her to "wear the shawl or I don't get any more socks!"
I bet she starts wearing it...