After juggling about five shawls for a time, I'm happy to have finished my Traveling Woman shawl. I was encouraged to knit it after seeing Ron's (Ravelry name moreliaman) version. I like how the simple pattern handles variegated yarns. I added extra lace repeats, and worked the chart extra times as welll, in an attempt to make a certain yardage requirement for a silly challenge I've entered. Happily, I finished with only a small bit of yarn, making good use of the skein.
The colors are stepping out of my comfort zone a bit, which has actually been a motivator to work on this project. I like to think I'm slowly expanding my color palette, and this shawl makes use of melon-ish colors that I usually avoid. Usually? Okay, always--until now. It'll be interesting to see how wearable this shawl is. I like to see how colors combine to create vastly different effects and impressions. I'm no expert in color, so I approach it much like I approach my knitting...a bit like a playground. Mind you, sometimes I play hard.
I'll admit that this lace is a bit of a stretch for a guy to pull off, and I love the rough, tweedy look at times. But I've been known to sport a shawl of late, and in my opinion, it beats a standard long scarf any day.