Just a quick update:
I finished (but have not blocked) my Brandywine Shawl! I did have a couple of issues (I wouldn't call them problems because I figured it out) with this pattern, things that a newer knitter I think would have trouble with, but I LOVED the pattern besides that. It made a absolutely wonderful class knit, with a bit of interest at each end but mostly mindless and garter stitch.
Hopefully will at least have blocking pictures soon!