It's always a gamble knitting for people who live around me. We have no shared heritage of wearing wool. The closest thing we've got is acrylic afghans our grandmothers made for us. So many of my relatives and friends don't even wear sweaters, especially the men. Don't even suggest a shawl.
Of course, right before Christmas, a friend of hers knit her a small rectangular shawl. Apparently, someone besides me does knit in Southeast Texas. I was halfway through her Hudson and wondered if she would really want two shawls. Her friend's shawl was lightweight and maybe acrylic blend, whereas mine is bulky wool and larger. I figured there's a time and place for both of them, so I knit on.
Details: I used size US 8 needles and Cascade Eco and Eco+ in the Shire, Turtle, Chocolate, and Vanilla colors. When I saw the color choices, I thought of some of those afghans she crocheted us years ago, and felt like it was worth a try.
Thats four of the biggest skeins of yarn you will ever see. I was shocked that my right arm wasn't disproportionately ripped after hand winding all of them in one sitting. Thankfully, my husband didn't mind being my Human Swift. Human Swift is an upgrade from Human Shield.
Besides being a lot of yarn for the price, the Eco skeins were large enough that I only needed an extra skein of Vanilla to eventually knit another Hudson for myself, along with some other accessories. It's Christmas for everybody.
Doesn't she look sweet in it!? And shawl or no shawl, you would never guess her age.