I finally got around to take some photos of the dark shawl. I took out into the garden, hoping the natural light would bring out the true color of the yarn, but it did not. I also took a new photo of the green shawl which I have not yet given to it's intended recipient (long story, don't ask).
And yesterday I tried the pattern for a mug cozy, generously made available by Deb at homespun living. I like how they turned out and may just have to make a few for Christmas presents this year.