Yes, the red blur (which in true red fashion is photographing as a different red each time I take a picture of it) is a stole with two wings. When I decided on this year's theme for the Mystery Stole, I knew I wanted to have the extra as a stole design with two wings. Why? Because I've never met a person yet who hasn't wondered what it would be like to fly. Even those who are afraid of heights have watched a bird fluttering from tree to tree or a hawk riding the thermals high in the air and wondered what it would feel like to be the bird or hawk, even for only a few minutes. The wings on the stole won't let you fly, but sometimes the symbolism of wings and the freedom they represent to us can mean more than actual flight to our hearts. And also, wings are pretty cool!
Legal disclaimer here: if you attempt to fly while wearing the winged stole you are a menace to yourself and society and any and all injuries incurred during your moment of stupidity are completely your own and I hope you give it some serious consideration as you lay moaning in the hospital trying to heal your broken body. Thank you.