Just recently, a Shalom sweater fell off my needles - specifically as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. She had seen me wear my shalom and hinted (several times) that she wouldn't mind such a sweater. How can I resist someone actually asking me to knit them something (obviously I can't - I try to make do by knitting things for people who end up not wearing them - yes, I'm speaking of my very own children...).
I didn't want it to be entirely a surprise, because I wanted to get it just right. I asked what colors she likes and preferred sleeve length. Knowing she likes cool colors, would enjoy 3/4 length sleeves, and prefers tops that are a bit longer in the torso, I took that info and ran with it.
The details of my knitting adventures are posted here on Ravelry. My sister-in-law seems quite pleased with the sweater - and with the weather we're still having here in New Hampshire, it looks like she is going to get it wear it quite a bit more before she has to put it away for the summer.