Just about done with the striped section of the Color Affection Shawl, and then I'm onto the short rows section. Stripes are more subtle with a variegated yarn. If I knit another Color Affection, I'll likely stick with solids/semi-solids for the stripes to stand out more. But the colors are certainly pleasing to the eye. I'm sure the wife will enjoy it when I give it to her in about four months.