I'm making progress on Damask but starting at the bottom and working up does seem to take longer. Maybe it's the unfamiliar direction but I've got no idea what stage of the shawl I'm on. Following the pattern is easy enough, it's figuring out how much further I have to knit that's confusing.
That might sound like a complaint but I'm finding the uncertainty refreshing. The mystery of what comes next has long been gone for me when knitting a center out shawl. There's nothing wrong with that and knitting on auto-pilot is really nice so I tend to stick with the familiar. On the other hand learning the ins and outs of this type of shawl construction is interesting. I'm sure more patterns like this one will find their way into my queue sooner or later.