For Carol's birthday, I knit her up "A Little Bit Bohemian" by Rebecca Stromgren (a free Ravelry pattern). It is really more a scarf than a shawl, and I'm not sure that it will get much use in Virginia in May, but I know that the winter months do get chilly down there!
The yarn that I used is Malabrigo's Rastita, colorway Solis. It is a lovely yarn to work with, just lovely.
Happy Birthday Carol!