This knit was a last-minute decision. I was about to go on yet another long flight and I already had a linen top on my needles, but needed something else in case linen was going to be too tough on my wrists (well, on my fingers, I know most knitters complain about pain in their wrists if knitting too long with cotton and alike, but it only bothers my fingers really). The polwarth/ silk by Three Waters Farm is amazing. I am one lucky knitter to have a friend who loves spinning. I knew this skein was to become a shawl, but I had a hard time deciding and got help from the one knitting guru that I know (somebody who has nearly 500 projects on Ravelry is a knitting guru in my books, and not all that I've seen her knit are even there).
Knitting it was an adventure. I cast on for this shawl at home, making sure I had the right needles and went through the first pattern repeat in a breeze. I pulled it out once I got to the airport and was knitting faster and faster as my outbound flight seemed to be delayed by the minute. We got to a point where the airline worker told me that there was a 90% chance of me not making the connecting flight (Helsinki-Mumbai, the longest leg of the trip). My needles were clicking the fastest they have. I could not relax at all before I knew if I was making that flight or not. The rest of the shawl was finished in Mumbai and blocked back in Switzerland, but when I look at it I think of that flight that I nearly missed.
This is one pattern that would work very well with heavier yarns. In fact, I'd like to try it with some worsted ones that I have. Also, working in two solid colours would put quite a different emphasis on the pattern that I'm willing to test.