Since I've decided to take part in the 11 Shawls in 2011 knit-along (in addition to the 11 hats and 11 sweaters challenges) on Ravelry, by the end of January I was starting to feel pressure to have at least one finished shawl soon. That's why I thought it might be a good idea to start with something simple and fast, just to build up some confidence and show myself I can do it. So, I went with Stephen West's popular Pogona pattern, which was a good decision for many reasons.
First, I got to use up the rest of the Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 that I received in a trans-Atlantic yarn swap almost two years ago. Second, I got to test my new 3.75 mm 80 cm Signature Needle Arts circular needles, which turned out to be just heavenly (and made me wish I could knit exclusively with their needles for the rest of my life). Third, considering this pattern asks for 20 stitch markers, I also got to test the majority of the new stitch markers I just made.
I'm not completely in love with the color of this shawl, so it may end up being gifted. Nevertheless, I'm quite happy with the finished product overall.