Brooklyn Tweed’s Rock Island Shawl has been on my to-knit list for years. It was one of the first shawl patterns I saw on ravelry that I really liked but the knitting skill level needed (4 out of 5) intimidated me. I’ve knitted a lot of shawls over the past years and didn’t come upon a pattern that I couldn’t tackle. So when BT had all their patterns on sale (I think it was on Valentine’s Day.) I purchased it and took it to Florida with me as my vacation knitting. I didn’t take any other knitting with me so I couldn’t back out.
I didn’t finish knitting the shawl in Florida but I got the most intimidating part done – the lace border. Looking back, my fear of the pattern was baseless because it wasn’t hard to knit, it just took some patience and concentration.