After my last post, I went ahead and did a Ravelry Queue purge, since I'd just queued a bunch of new things and I knew there were things on there I really needed to get rid of. Doing so allowed me to notice something about myself I hadn't realized: I'm not such a big fan of typical lace shawls.
There are exceptions to this rule, of course (i.e. the Peacock Shawlette I mentioned in my previous post), but the overwhelming majority of "shawls" in my queue are more solid ones--the Daybreak, the Skewed Shawl...sometimes there are things with a little lace at the edges (i.e. the Pimpelliese, or Tuch/shawl), but overall, they are much more casual shawls. This is not to say I don't think lace shawls are beautiful, because they are and I appreciate all the work and time that goes into them.
I think I like the more casual and simple-looking shawls simply because that's more my style, but I also feel like they're a little more versatile: I could wear one with pretty much anything. I think there are very few lace shawls you could really wear (or would want to wear) with jeans and sneakers (this of course depends on the shawl and what kind of yarn you use, etc. I mean...my friend Sam made a gorgeous Traveling Woman with worsted weight yarn, and wears it more casually and I love it! but if it were knit out of say, a lace yarn? It'd have a whole different feel). I also feel like spending all that time making a beautiful lace shawl, only to wrap it around my neck like a scarf, would be a waste. But I suppose a knitter can wear the items he/she knits however they please ;)