I started a simple rectangle shaped shawl this weekend. I'm doing the Wind and Waves Shawl pattern by Sr. Seraphina. The pattern promises to be easy enough for a beginner but interesting enough to inspire an experienced knitter. That seems like a pretty lofty goal for a simple shawl pattern. I will have to agree though, that is you can knit, purl, and know what a yarn over is - this will be very easy to complete. The pattern also promised that is could easily be finished in a weekend. I'm sure it could - just not by me.
This is how far I've gotten after a weekend. I cast on Friday night and worked a short time on this project on Saturday. I did nothing on Sunday. So maybe if I had spent most of the weekend working on this - it would be done.
The yarn I'm using is Great Adirondack Montana in Nantucket Blue. The yarn is 100% wool, approximately worsted weight, and it is pretty soft. I ordered it sight unseen from an online retailer. I end up doing this a lot. There aren't a lot of great yarn stores in my area. The few that are around here are kind of disappointing, both in stock and staff. So I check out the local shops when I travel, but otherwise I buy online. If I waited to see everything in person before I ordered - I wouldn't have very much yarn at all. I must say though - I haven't really been disappointed yet in an online purchase. Although I'm sure that time is coming.
Back to the project - the pattern calls for about 700 yards and should be finished pretty quickly. This is one project that will definitely have to be blocked. If all goes well, I will have my first finished Christmas present very shortly.