Seeking Suggestions

My mother called me today with the news that my grandfather was admitted to the hospital on Monday morning and isn’t doing well. He’s had alzheimers for several years, somewhat managed by medication and fairly lucid, but slowly declining, but this is heart and lung stuff. He’s 81 and is overweight and not very mobile, so it’s understandable.

I’m considering flying home (Ann Arbor, MI) in a couple of days and driving up to the visit the hospital (northern MI, 8 hours by car). For a variety of reasons not having anything to do with national security, my luggage will be very tight, so I can’t really bring any of the projects I have underway or am planning to start soon. So I have to start something entirely new. And I was thinking about making something for my grandmother, who is having trouble coping. Aside from the issues involved with your husband of 60 years being in this state, my grandfather’s illness causes him to tend toward the beligerent and difficult and she bears the brunt of it.

Anyway, I was thinking of some sort of shawl, and I think I’d have enough down time in flying and driving to finish it. But I don’t know that I’d get a chance to block intricate lace. Anyone got any ideas for me? A pattern that I could get online (free or otherwise) or could find in a book that the local LYS would carry. Thanks.