Here is my progress so far on Clue 1:
Same progress made, but pinned out.
I am increasing the garter stitch as part of my modifications, because I want the garter stitch section to be a bit deeper/wider than the pattern calls for.
Yarn:Ornaghi Filati Merino Mix Fine
Content: 50% Acrylic/50% Merino Wool
Care: Machine Wash/Lay Flat to Dry
Needles: US 4 /3.5mm
Pattern: WendyKnits Summer Mystery Shawl 2014
Modifications: Will be using more than one color and every other repeat I am increasing the garter section on all even rows - might be moving to every repeat.