This is my first son's shawl given to him by his Grandmother.
My Mother got a friend to knit it for me - it was a traditional thing here in Greenock, and there were a few women who were well known for their shawl knitting. Once you knew a baby was expected the question would be "Who's knitting your shawl?"
It really is quite a delicate, specialised skill - look at the lovely delicate cable round the edge. I think this was knit in 2 ply wool. Traditionally it would be worn and admired at the baby's christening. I'll pass it on ........ one day.