I was hoping to have one of those super spectacular finished shawl photos by now, but the first batch of full-shawl shots didn't turn out that well, and it's been dark and rainy since I realized I should take a new photo. So I'm going to make due with what I have, since I'm going to Boston and Orlando later this week and won't have time to fool around with it before then.
The photos above show some of the details--I think I like the shawl-over-dog-gate photo the best, because it looks very airy that way. The dog gate is actually a critical tool in this whole process--keeping the dachshunds off of the shawl while blocking would have been impossible without it!
Here's how the shawl looked (in bad lighting, taken at night), before soaking & blocking:
Barely looks like lace, no edge definition, basically looks terrible.
Here's how it looks after blocking:
Even in a not-super photo, it looks pretty good! I'm very pleased with the way it turned out, even if I'm not sure I can pull off the triangle shawl look. The top edge isn't really that crooked, I just didn't spend enough time arranging it. I was very glad to see that the scallops have held their shape--it's kind of amazing, really. The yarn is from Sundara Yarn, it's her sport merino. I used size 6 Addi Lace needles, the largest size they make. A larger size might have been a little more airy, which would have been nice.
I'm trying my hardest not to start another lace project, even though I have a couple of skeins of sport merino in my stash that would look great in lace. Time to refocus on one of the other three lace projects that are on the needles, maybe?
p.s. I reserve the right to continue to quote "Triangle Man" in the title of any future posts that involve triangle shaped things. I have no idea why this didn't occur to me sooner.