The year was 2006. I was just starting to fall in love with knitting and decided to make the then "have to make it now" shawl Birch (which is now a free download!). Many balls of Kid Silk Haze were purchased and knitting commenced.
If I can remember correctly you had to cast on something like 299 stitches. As a newbie knitter you'd have thought that number would have been intimidating to a gal like me. And boy, after the first two attempts of casting on on it was. I remember having to pour a huge cup of strong coffee in order to concentrate because if you've ever worked with Kid Silk Haze before you know. If you screw up you pretty much have to break the yarn and start over. (At least that's what I had to do!)
After the cast on it went pretty smoothly – the stitch pattern was very easy to remember and the wrong side rows were all purl (and at first that was one LOOOONG purl row!)
Once finished and blocked I remember thinking how HUGE the shawl was when finished. Too big to wear. If I ever decide to make it again I will definitely be casting on less stitches.