Most of my stash is sock yarn, because I love the durability of the nylon and superwash wool. Sock yarns often come variegated or striped, which keeps it interesting if you're the type of knitter who can't stand slowing down to weave in different colors. I don't mind the thinness of a DK or fingering yarn and spending a few months on a project. On the other hand, sometimes I get tired of making socks and having a work in progress for too long.
The answer was the popular Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola. It has been around since June 2015, and is a staple on blogs and forums. I'm a big fan of her open attitude to sharing the design, and the flexible way the pattern is written. You can easily adjust the pattern to the yardage you do have, and you don't really have to follow the chart she included. When I was first starting the shawl, I was careful to mark each row on the pdf. As I went along, I realized I could just count the number of WS rows. I also saw that if I was off, the shawl would still look great. Rare is the pattern that is so forgiving.
To be honest, I'm not a very diligent blocker, either. I hand washed the shawl, rolled it up in a towl and squeezed, then laid it on a sweater rack in the sun. You might gasp at the idea of fading, but it dried within an hour because of the open weave. Besides, I used the Chroma Twist in Red Velvet, which has a little bit of a fade characteristic and will look nice even as it ages.
I gave the final piece to my friend when she returned from Australia. I'll be making this pattern again, probably using 2-skeins for a bigger shawl next time. It's a nice portable, easy to remember pattern. I also like the way fingering weight yarn drapes when knit on larger needles, and will try this with some other simple patterns. Maybe a handbag with a cloth lining or a loose summer coverup?