I'm not sure why the photo is upside down, but it's beautiful in any orientation. The pattern is modular in construction and plain garter stitch, letting the yarn shine.
There were only two modifications to the written pattern (other than gauge):
1. I only did 5 sections rather than 6. It's ok, the shawl is plenty big (see above comment about gauge).
2. I did a single crochet border on the top and non bind off side to even out the garter stitch edges.
I also have a project that had to be put away for a while through no fault of its own.
That is about 1/2 a sleeve of my first crochet cardigan. It is Louisa Harding Aimeè, worked with a size E hook. The pattern is Fall Fields Cardigan from the Fall 2012 Interweave Crochet.
Sadly, this is what put me in a wrist brace for 2 weeks. I am now free of that device, but don't want to go back to the crochet until I've worked on the ergonomics.
I do have 2 crochet successes though, both completed without bodily injury. My first crochet was Plumeria Frill in hand dyed yarn that was a birthday present for a friend.
It was speedy and immensely gratifying, a true gateway project to the world of crochet.
I then tried a crochet toy, and made Zork from Crocheted Softies. I used Knit Picks shine sport for the body and comfy for the eyes.
I call him Calvin because he reminds me of the various aliens from the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.
I have more projects on the needles, but you'll just have to wait for the next installment of A Day in the Life.