Here she is all finished...
My first lace shawl. It turned out quite well. I was relieved that the bottom edge didn't change at all when I unpinned it from the blocking board. I used Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in color #10 on size 8 needles. I started on 12/11 and finished on 12/21. I used straight needles until the 9th repeat of the body section because I'm not that fond of my circular needles. I added an extra (for 9 total) body repeat. I didn't insert any lifelines and ended up not really needing any. I skipped the last pattern row because I didn't want the points along the bottom edge.The pattern was pretty easy. I did make one mistake (forgot to pass a slipped stitch over) and realized it several rows later. Instead of unknitting all those rows of stitches, I just dropped the stitches over the mistake, unraveled down to it, fixed it, then raveled back up and it worked out fine.
The Silky Wool had a rougher feel than what I had thought it would. It is soft in a cushy soft sort of way, like flannel maybe, but not soft in a smooth way. The silk shows itself as rough little nubs along the strand. Also, there were quite a bit of twiggy plant pieces in the yarn (not a problem, just mentioning it). I really like how it looks finished more than I thought I would and it blocked very well but I wasn't crazy enough about it to want to knit with it again.
I'm thinking about my next lace shawl. I'd still like to make the Swallowtail Shawl, but I also like some of the other shawl patterns by Evelyn A. Clark. I also like this Sun Ray Shawl at Elann.com