Winnowing is very cleverly constructed. How the border attaches to the main body of the shawl is genuinely amazing. I thought I was sewing rather than knitting. Also the use of twisted stitches creates an amazing texture. I did not modify anything.
Kidsilk and I are not the bestest of friends, so I knitted it with a sock yarn in a subtle teal colour (bought in Zurich, and cannot find my notes on this anymore) to add some structure to the knitted thread and interest to the colour of the shawl (the brown looked a bit dull on its own). I knitted it with 6 mm circular needles (ok this is my only modification). Also as you can imagine, this is not the easiest of shawl to block.
It is in fact quite heavy - which will be wonderful in the winter. It is massive (because of my combination of yarn and the needle size I chose), perfect from my growing bump. And it is really original. A great pattern, if you have the stamina!