When I first started knitting, I thought that I would never knit a shawl. I admired the beauty of other people's shawls, but always thought about how impractical they seemed. Falling off your shoulders, hanging in your way, I had no interest in knitting one for myself. But over the past year, the joyful experience of knitting something pretty has pushed aside the impracticality of it. And so several months ago I decided that I wanted a big fringed shawl. Not something lacey or delicate, but something substantial, a hard working granny shawl. (My grandma does not wear shawls, but you know the type I mean, the ones worn by Russian babushkas or what I imagine Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle wearing.) And so after looking at MANY shawl patterns, I found the Stones Throw Shawl. Simple, with no lace pattern to follow or stitches to count. The pattern called for a size 10 needle (which is my favorite size), and wasn't picky about a specific yarn. When I was recently at the yarn shop buying yarn for my Nutkin, a slubby denim blue yarn caught by eye. It was too heavy for my Nutkin tunic, but I thought it would be just the thing for the style of shawl I wanted. It is Donegal Tweed Homespun by Tahki Yarns, shade 862. It is a bit heavy, but it works for this shawl. I followed the pattern, but added an 8 row section and then I was afraid of running out of yarn, so I didn't do quite so many purl rows at the bottom. I used almost 3 entire skeins. As with all of my knitting projects, I have been wearing it non-stop since I finished it - even when it is impractical. But hey, those Russian babushkas were hard working woman too, and they didn't let their fringed shawls get in the way.