A couple weeks ago, while I was teaching in Dayton, I found myself talking about something I always end up talking about while teaching classes - my Ishbel shawl addiction of a few years ago.
While it wasn't the first shawl I've knit, it was definitely one of the first shawls I fell for. HARD.
The first one I made was out of a Socks That Rock Mill End.
Here's what I had to say about it when I finished knitting is almost 5 years ago:
I would actually recommend this for first time lace knitters. I think
the charts are pretty easy and you can easily tell if things are lining
up (all those double decreases are piled right on top of each other). I
never had to tink back more than 5-10 stitches (opposed to other lace
when I am ripping rows and rows out).
To this day, I recommend this pattern for new shawl knitters!
Then I knit one this one for my sister to wear on her wedding day:
I made a worsted weight version during a KAL at an LYS that sadly has closed since then.
there is evidence of this one on Ravelry....
I really think that I knit a fifth one, but there is no photo evidence of that. :)
No matter the true number of Ishbel shawls I've made, it obviously made an impact on me. I still love wearing that first one every now and then to this day.