I have a lot of sock yarn. I don't knit a lot of socks. (I've made a pair.) You can usually make a shawl out of sock yarn.
I don't have many occasions to wear shawls. My 2nd anniversary is coming up in a week and we're going out to dinner somewhere nice. All of my dresses are more suited to the spring than the fall. Perfect -- wear a shawl!
One small problem: I've made it a goal of mine to only cast on for charity hats this month. Shoot. But if I were so inclined, I think I could still crank out a Boneyard Shawl (Rav). Simple yet elegant. Good for a time crunch. Did I mention it's free?
Stupid October no new casting on.