You're shawl looks great, but I agree on the homespun, HATE IT! I'm making my Aunt a shawl for her 90th birthday with my stash of homespun, oh I hate it so much I don't even want to knit it! I have two weeks to go before her birthday and I'm only half finished.
The prayer shawl ministry is great, I've knit several, most recently for a friend with breast cancer. While it is long boring work to make the shawl, the results when you finally get to give it to the person and their reaction is so worth it!
Keep up the good work!