So, here's a finished entry into the Designer's Challenge (for once, I knit fast enough to get this done!)
I started with a skein of Anzula Breeze I'd picked up a while ago on a whim:
Anyway, this challenge was to make a Shawlette inspired by the idea of Rain, using some sort of lace technique. Well, the second I saw that, I knew I had to use the Raindrop Lace Stitch. I had seen it ages ago, and always had never found quite the right project to use it in. I played around with it, and came up with this:
It really does remind me of raindrops!
As for the rest of the shawl, I was initially a bit stumped by the border -- what did I want to do? I was originally thinking some sort of beaded border -- but then, one day, as I was coming home, I watched raindrops pooling in the street, right by the curb. The border is just a simple set of YO's against a stocking stitch background, designed to imitate raindrops pooling together as they drain into the storm gutters. It's not a wide border, but I think that worked out ok!
That being said, now that I've finished this one -- it's not going up for testing immediately. There are a few tweaks I want to make to the pattern before I put it up for testing. I want to spread out the Raindrop lace a touch more, and make it a touch denser (more raindrops and a bit more lacy, if I can). I also want to play around with the center spine increases, too, see if there's a way to incorporate them better into the pattern.