In my lace shawl collection are medium blue, red, off white (rectangular), white (triangular), soft green (large square). On needles are an almost finished black circular and an indigo blue that has only recently been started. I definitely wear the white one the most and second most worn is the green on. I do not have a favorite designer rather just choose by the pattern. Typically I knit with lace weight though I have no objection to the fingering weight just depends on the pattern and color. Next time I knit lace with black yarn, the pattern will be one simpler than the one I am about to finish. Both my DD's want a black lace shawl. Books I have collected are: "Knitted Lace of Estonia" by Nancy Bush, "Traditional Knitted Lace Shawls" by Martha Waterman, "Folk Shawls" (my 1st!) by Cheryl Oberle, an Oberlyn booklet and Jane Sowerby's gorgeous book, "Victorian Lace Today". The book by Waterman is a good resource book with chapters on designing shawls, shaping shawls, stitch patterns and finishes (borders, etc) as well as a chapter on caring for shawls and patterns for knitting them. In my stash is a lilac, red hand dyed, a variegated pink and lilac & one with blue, cream and beige for a pattern on Ravelry - wingspan. I am collecting the yarn for the Symphony of Stripes shawl in the Knitter's Magazine summer 2015 k119. Thanks for asking your ? Now I am sure how I will be spending my next few knitting years. Lol. And that I do not need to buy more yarn for a shawl well except for those 2 black ones for my DDs. ????