Delicious yarn, copious knitting time, and a desire to finish a pattern (inspired largely by all your lovely comments!) meant that I was able to knit, knit like the wind, and finish the second lotus shawl.
Do you like the lace stitch that I used for the body of the shawl? I wanted to find patterns that would evoke different elements of a lotus pond. For the first one, I picked a subtle wave pattern. For this one, I was trying to create a sense of lotus pods. I played around with different eyelet arrangements until I found one that popped the way I wanted.
I tried out a different fiber and texture, too. This one is knit in the heavenly woolen-spun laceweight cormo from the Elsa Wool Company, which I picked up at the Taos Wool Festival a couple of years ago.
As much as I love the drape and luster of the silk-wool yarn, I think that this bouncy, lightweight wool shows off the lotus flowers even better. It has a lot of energy to it.