I'll start with my Stephen West, Westknits Mystery Shawl, aka Earth & Sky. I was so excited to start this. But I had issues from the get-go. I am awful, absolutely awful about choosing colors to go together. So after much deliberation, I sought advice from an expert...Dani from Sunshine Yarns. I've received so many compliments on the colors of this shawl but I can not take credit.
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns - Single Ply Merino Fine
Colors: (a) Rose Garden; (b) Plum Wine; (c) Jungle Green
If you know my project history, you know that I do not, often, choose patterns with intarsia or stranded knitting. This pattern had both. The intarsia I didn't know about until I was well into the second clue of this mystery knit. But the stranded knitting I knew about and opted for the challenge. I love the final result of the shawl but I will have to admit that I wasn't fond of knitting it...for the reasons I just stated. Had I known ahead of time, I would have preferred to end the shawl's larger stripes with the Plum Wine versus the Rose Garden. As a result, I changed up the color variation on the border. All-in-all, I am happy with my shawl and will definitely use/wear it. I've decided, recently, that I prefer semi-circular shawls or shawls that arc versus a triangular shape. The wing span of this shawl makes up for the triangular shape making it much more functional.