I found this shawl about a month and a half ago and immediately fell in love with it, pattern and color. I love blue and grey. And blue and grey together, in stripes and lace--aahh! What a happy providence when I went to my local supermarket and found those exact colors in the yarn isle. The pattern is Cladonia, by Kirsten Kapur. I started knitting away in some trepidation, my knitting experience being very minimal. I've never done more than a scarf or a washcloth and never with a pattern. I was thrilled to find the pattern easy to follow and marvelously fun to do. Addictive actually. I only had to learn a few new stitches. Olivia made some lovely little beaded stitching markers for me to use. There is a peculiar little jog in the line of increase stitches on the finished product, but it's my first time using markers--what can I expect. I look forward to casting on again and trying another one--pink and cream this time maybe, for Greta.