When last year's Secret Santa* presented itself in a form of a gorgeous hank of Violet-Green I immediately knew what I wanted to knit with it. And I do mean immediately, the moment I unrapped the yarn and saw (as well as one can see in a dusky pub at night) all the luscious greens and the deepest sapphire blue imaginable it shouted to be a shawl.
A simple design that once the numbers were worked out didn't need any row counters or keeping an eye on the pattern. A very comforting, mindless kind of project that grew very quickly into a gorgeous little delicate shawl.
* While most Secret Santas are secret, we blurted out who got what for who due to too much excitement about 5 minutes after pulling our packets out of the bag. Thank you, Sophie!