Thanks for your kind words everyone! I am SO in love with the new shawl!!! And to give credit where credit is due, this is the Raverly link to the Begonia Swirl shawl, which a lovely knitter has chosen to share for free. Aren't knitters the best?
I've had a bit of an up-and-down (literally) week with the back, so only a tiny bit of sewing:
Since there's been a fair bit of laying on the heating pad, I took the opportunity to try out the size 17 needles I just bought,