I love shawls and wear them all the time, and have since I was in college (okay, from 1975 to 1979 :D) None of mine are fancy lace. They're just right to throw over a sweatshirt during our usual winter "it's almost cold enough for a jacket but it'll be too hot in the store" weather. Most of them are triangles that can be rolled up and used as a regular scarf or thrown over my head in our rare bouts of really cold weather. Two skeins of Homespun, some #10 or 11s and/or a K or L hook, and a day or so will do nicely.
By the way, the world's simplest shawl pattern if you've got pretty shiny yarn like that...make the first half of a dishcloth! The yarn overs on the edges make a nice place to hook on the fringe.