At least I'll be able to wear this one right now. The other one is put away for the fair right now. This one is designated to be worn at church (where it is cool in the summer). I'd like to make a shawl in one color, most likely white now, maybe in handspun (if I have enough, probably have to spin more). It should be done even faster as the color changes take more time to do.
I really like making these shawls. This one took less than a month, around 3 weeks, to knit up. A few driving trips to grad and anniversary parties helped speed this one along. I could have been faster but had to figure out how exactly to do it so planning took a bit more time. There are a few things I would like to change about it when I make the next one. Since the middle is knitted side to side, going a traditional route of starting at the bottom (of the garter part) and increasing the sides would probably work out better. I might also want to do a different top line to it although this is nice because the garter stitch rolls into a shawl like collar around the neck.
For a variegated shawl, splitting the colors like this is more interesting than the other two that I've made (the first one still is on the needles! Need to finish it.). But it also means a lot more fiddly ends, especially on a side addition piece like this.
If any of you are hesitant on starting a Shetland shawl, I say go for it!