Reason number 256 that I'm still a new knitter: as I was finished up with the end-weaving on my shawl on knit night, Mandie said that it would grow when I blocked it. I agreed, but in my secret knitter heart, I didn't know. This stuff is bamboo and cotton and ELASTIC, and I wasn't sure that the secret blocking magic would really work. If it was wool, sure I had faith that it would grow, I saw that happen on my first sweater (whoops, sleeves are a bit long there), but this thing was a different animal. After all, this is what it kind of looked like:
(Note that photo is from when the knitting was finished, in January.) Even with the ends woven in, it still kind of looked like a big piece of ABC bubblegum. That said, I was still going to block it and see what happened. So Friday I strung crochet cotton through the sides, gave the thing a good soak and squeeze, and pinned it out on my guest bed.
And this afternoon, this is what I have:
I get it now. This is very very cool. I think I need to do it again.