OK, that's maybe overstating it JUST A BIT, but this shawl is called Tuscany and it was one of my favorite projects ever.
I actually finished it a couple months ago but it was given as a birthday gift moments after it was done and I didn't get a chance to get a picture. I was at my friend's house today and managed to get this taken.
The pattern is from Amy Singer's book "No Sheep For You". It was a tough decision what yarn to use - I've got about a dozen that would work well. My original intent was the sea silk I ended up using for the Angel Lace shawl in the last post, but thought it might get stripy. In the end I decided on Elsabeth Lavold's Silky Wool. The whole time I was knitting it I thought I was making a big mistake, it was going to be too clunky, no drape, the color's wrong, yadda yadda. Even when it was done, I was very 'meh.' about it. Then I blocked it and absolutely loved it! The design appeared, it drapes beautifully, and I may end up making another one just like it for me! I will probably go with another color, though I kind of like this green and I have lots more.
Lesson learned: Silky Wool blocks very well with a steam iron, however, I ended up with melted silk goo on my iron. Once everything cooled off it peeled right off, but I'm sure that depends on the surface on your iron. I think mine's stainless, I wouldn't try it with teflon.
Today I'm finishing up a baby sweater, just need to do the math for the other sizes for the test knitters. I have a couple ideas for more, but really want to cast on a sweater for ME. And a shawl. And some socks.