The bloggers have spoken, and my husband has confirmed: Icarus it is.
I am talking, of course, about the wedding shawl for my friend. Everyone who expressed an opinion liked Icarus best of the options I presented. Icarus was actually fourth on my list of four, but who am I to argue with The Bloggers? It is a beautiful pattern, and has the added advantage of being relatively simple, or so I believe. Time will tell how "simple" it really is. I still have to choose the yarn--I'm considering a cashmere/silk blend in ivory--and I'm trying to decide on needles. Since I don't have any that are appropriate, I have a perfectly legitimate excuse to buy exactly what I want. I'm thinking either Addis or KnitPicks Options (which I love).
In related topics, I met the groom-to-be over the weekend. They were in town to celebrate Mother's Day with the bride-to-be's mother, and my husband and I took them out to dinner on Saturday. I am happy to report that he passed muster. He's a soft-spoken, mild-mannered, intelligent type--just what I would have chosen for her if the decision had been mine. He clearly adores her, which was lovely to see. And he bought her a Rock, with a capital "R." So now I feel perfectly comfortable being absolutely delighted for her, and I can begin her shawl in good conscience.