Some backstory first: My little sister-in-law (well, she is 22 and I am 24) is living in Honduras for a year to teach. She's living in the mountains, but it is near the equator and they do not have seasons really. But she hates any type of cold and is set on living somewhere that does not have a winter season (we live in Ohio). My husband's parents are visiting Honduras over Christmas this year to see her. I will be knitting her a market bag probably but was wondering if I should maybe make her a shawl? Like a big rectangular one I see people make sometimes that can be worn a bunch of different ways or as a scarf. I've never knitted lace before so I don't really know how long it takes or if this is a realistic project to complete by mid-December. If I don't finish by then, I can always mail it to her (it just takes a while to get packages to Honduras, but she has received what her parents have sent her so far) I just thought it would be nice to have some things to send with my in-laws when they go to visit her. I don't really know of what else she might need or want, but she doesn't have a lot with her since she was only able to take 2 50lb-max suitcases with her on her flight when she left for the year.
So.. what are some good rectangular shawl patterns? What sort of fiber would be best??