I am a little sad about pushing Babette/Happy Squares down on the blog; but, I finished something else (that is not an afghan and not crocheted); and, it's actually for me! I started this shawl, which I am calling Orange Crush (but you can call it Mara, if you want--the MadelineTosh folks do, after all) before the crochet bug bit me. I was able to pick it up again last week and finished in over the weekend. It's actually a pretty quick and easy knit. The body is mostly garter stitch and the edges are two borders of ribbing. I didn't have enough yarn to make the last edge four inches as called for in the pattern, but I think my two inches of border is sufficient.
My favorite part about making this shawl was working with this yarn. I bought the Peruvian Highland Silk three years ago from Elann--I am not sure for what purpose (I was in my "buy with purpose" phase, so it had to be for something specific--what, I don't know). I wish that I had bought more...in other colors. Elann has discontinued this yarn; but, you could probably find people on Ravelry willing to sell or trade it. I only had 5 skeins (so about 610 yards) of this DK-ish yarn to work with, and when I saw the Mara pattern, I thought it would be a good pairing.
The silk content in the yarn gives a nice bit of shine to the knit fabric and it also lends itself to some nice draping. Also, the heavier weight of the shawl is nice, there is a little heft, but the fabric breathes so I don't feel like I am suffocating...which is probably a good thing.
Specs in Ravelry and the gallery, though I have put most of the info into the post. Okay, back to crocheting, I have another afghan to finish (though I do have a vest on the the needles that would like to get done before the end of the month...yeah, you'll probably see the vest first. Hopefully.