I do wish, however, that I were using a larger size needle to speed things up a bit. Uh, also, there's the worsted weight that I'm knitting. The pattern is written for bulky weight. So, yeah, the yarn and the needles--huge factors when knitting!!
I seldom knit the same pattern twice in a row, but--you guessed it--I did it this time. It does make a warm, lovely shawl after blocking. This one is going to Ohio as a Christmas gift. Onward and upward--ever knitting!