I am knitting a shawl to a pattern called Color Affection (spelt that way, i.e. American fashion), by the Finnish designer Veera Välimäki. It's a very popular pattern, with nearly 7000 projects in Ravelry. I chose it because it's basically a very simple garter stitch pattern, but with some technically interesting aspects involving short rows (though I haven't got to those yet), and you get to pick three colours of yarn that you would like to put together. And because it's so cold just now, I like the idea of an extra light warm layer to wrap around me.
I'm knitting it in pure alpaca (Artesano Alpaca 4-ply, beautifully soft). The colours are gray (don't know what that's called) with Poinsettia (a sort of soft red-pink-orange) and Demerara (a light toffee brown). The last two colours have been discontinued, which is a pity, but I managed to find enough left by searching on-line.
I am almost at the point where the third colour (Demerara) is introduced. That will be exciting, because I get to see what the three colours look like together in stripes, and the short rows start at that point so the overall shape gets more interesting.
I'm sure that I shall like the finished shawl, but in spite of being entirely garter stitch it's not actually fulfilling its intended role of being a straightforward piece of knitting that I can do while reading or watching TV. It has to be knitted on a circular needle, because the rows get very long (they start off with only 3 stitches, but by now I've got more than 260 and eventually there will be 387). On a circular needle, I am by now much faster knitting Continental style than English style, and knitting English style seems impossibly clumsy. But I can't knit Continental style without looking at what I'm doing. (It's a bit like giving up sugar in coffee. I remember that there comes a point where coffee tastes bad both with sugar and without.) I'm choosing to knit fast and not look at anything else at the same time, i.e. Continental style. I do need some TV knitting, though - I have several episodes of The Killing III saved up to watch, but I don't want to watch them without doing some knitting at the same time. It will have to be something like plain stocking stitch on two needles, so that I can read the subtitles while knitting.