Another issue with Color Affection is trying to decide whether or not to do the yarnovers at the beginning of each row that many people are doing in order to make the top edge looser (k1, yo at the beginning of each row, then drop the yo on the return).
I was all set to do that until I read the notes in this project, about how that makes the hump at the top more difficult to block out. Then there was another comment (in a project? forum post?) saying that the tighter top edge helps keep the shawl from stretching out a lot lengthwise, and therefore gives you more depth.
And what did the designer have to say when asked about it? “Well, some like it better with the yarn over, others don’t.” I know I’m reading between the lines, but I get the impression that while she’s being diplomatic, she’s probably in the “don’t” category.
Maybe I’ll start without them, and see how it goes.