Well, I've finally managed to get the charting for the edges sorted out, and now my new Midsummer shawl is ready to post on Ravelry on Saturday. It's been an enjoyable knit; the pattern really emerges as you knit it, and it's been a delight to see it appear in the lovely Woolhunter yarn.
I've been experimenting with beading recently, and the effect is lovely, but I have to say for large sections I'm going to stick with pre=threaded rather than looping them individually. When you reach the point where a row takes you an hour-and-a-half and you have six rows to go, it becomes less a question of aesthetics and more a question of 'How long before I break?'
A note on the yarn, one of Woolhunter's Outback Lace range; I was a little disappointed when I started knitting with it, because it felt a little 'crispy' to the touch. However, a good soak and some hard blocking and it came out very soft. I should never have doubted it!
Here's a sneak preview of the shawl - I am very proud.