Attempting to work my way through the sock yarn stash, I got Rosemary Hill's eBook Seven Small shawls. The patterns are meant for sock weight yarn, and I have enough of that to make 24 pairs of socks. There will be seven patterns, plus a few goodies, released over the course of the year. Two are out so far, and the second one caught my eye: Maia (Ravelry link).
Started it with Artyarn Ultramerino 4 from the stash. The yarn came from a sale when Chris Needlecraft shut down a year ago, I have 3 skeins of the imaginatively named colour 133, which means I have about 120yds extra to make the shawl a bit bigger. Made it through the first four charts without incident, including picking up stitches and adding beads.
Lots and lots of beads. They are from Artbeads, silver-lined olivine 6/0 seed beads. Hubby picked these out of the three colours I tried against the yarn.
The construction is new to me, instead of a three stitch garter border, you have a lace panel, started from a provisional cast-on. That big O in the middle is the centre point.