I've been knitting away on this very simple shawl:
It's La La's Simple Shawl (a free pattern is available for those with access to Ravelry). It's a very regular combination of stocking stitch, garter stitch and yarn overs that I've knitted with Kauni yarn - an Estonian yarn that I imagine was originally designed with colourwork in mind - it has that prickly catchy quality of many traditional yarns. The Effektgarn version of the yarn has long colour sequences in unusual combinations. The blue and brown combination in this yarn reminds me of a favourite dress I wore in the 1960s.
Yesterday I had a discussion with knitting friends about the advantages and disadvantages of various kinds of yarns for shawls. (I attended the infamous 'knitting playdate' with FredAstep, 1funkyknitwit, KnitNess and RoseRed - but that's another story). I'm quite happy to tolerate the prickliness of shetland style yarns because (a) I love the visual texture of them,(b) they block perfectly and hold their shape and (c) they stay on my shoulders without falling off and without having to be adjusted all the time. This last factor is the clinching advantage for me. But I do understand that others may prefer softness and drape in their shawls, and that some patterns would be most inappropriate in the prickly yarns I love.
Thanks to Margarita for the photos - so nice to have pics of the backs of things!