When I was traveling to my grandmother's funeral I knew that I would need something to occupy my hands on the plane. I wanted a project that would require very little thought. I chose the Sideways shawl from Knitscene (rav) and madelinetosh pashmina in fathom and tern.
The errata is very important for this pattern. but once you get past that, it is completely mindless. i like that you cast-on from the bottom and the rows get progressively shorter. I weaved in my ends as I knit.
i have only 2 beefs with this shawl. 1) it's very small. it's really only long enough to drape over the shoulders. i'd prefer that the wingspan were longer so i could wrap it around my neck. 2) the yarn bled like crazy when i washed it. the blue especially bled onto the grey. b/c of my color choices it doesn't show up too prominently but if i had chosen, say red and white, i'd probably be way more upset.
I tend not to wear the shawls i knit but this one is very cozy and warm with a bit of weight to it, kind of like a blanket for the shoulders. i'd probably wear it more if it were bigger but it'll do.