There were a couple of things I was figuring out - the biggest was how to work the pick for the lace panels that come off the sides of the central panel. The bottom panel was knit after picking up a stitch for every other row (one stitch per slipped stitch side loop). That was obviously too tight. When I started the top panel I initially picked up two stitches in each side loop - knit-front-back - but after working a couple of rows it was obvious that there would be too many stitches to block out properly so I frogged and redid the start. This time I did an initial pick up of one stitch per side loop, then on the return wrong side row I increased every other stitch, but using the knit-front-slip-back. I also played around with my double decreases. I like the central-double-decrease as it gives a more distinct line. I'm not sure if I'm going to include any beads.
The yarn I'm going to use is the first shipment for The Unique Sheep's Mythical Shawls Club. I had done the test knit and didn't feel like knitting the shawl again, but I love the colorway, and it was, in fact, part of the inspiration for this design.
Pattern: Falling Leaves Shrug by Carolyn Blakelock
Yarn: The Unique Sheep Verve in Verdandi
Needle: US 5 (3.75 mm)