There's nothing like being practically trapped in the house for 5 days by snow to make you want to knit up something extra snuggly.
This stole has been on my list for a few years. My criteria was a yarn that was extra soft and with not single ply so that it wouldn't pill up terribly. Ushya Yarn is 98% merino and 2% nylon, with a chain construction, and it feels lovely. It did develop a fuzzy halo after blocking, but it seems like it's going to hold up pretty well. It's also not too weighty, which was my concern with such a bulky yarn. My blocked gauge worked out to about 2 stitches to the inch, so it's a pretty fat knit, and I think that gives the stole a nice dramatic appearance.
My hope was to knit this pattern in a day, and I pretty much made my goal, but once I blocked it and weaved in the ends I noticed a few mis-crossed cables, and I ended up having to cut into it and re-knit a third of the shawl, which only took a few hours.
I am planning to give this away, and I am hesitant to do so, as it's sooo soft and l am growing attached to it. I haven't taken it off since it came off of the blocking board this morning.
Highlander's Stole by Wenlan Chia, from Twinkle's Town & Country Knits
4.5 skeins Mirasol Yarn Ushya, held double
US size 36 needles
finished size: 15in x 50in