In the world of lace knitting, this is a shawl with training wheels–it's in worsted weight yarn, thick for this sort of work, and small enough that I finished it inside of a week. The instructions said to block it aggressively, which looks like this:
Of course I had help:
In fact, I had so much help I had to find a new place for the shawl to dry:
Unfortunately this is a lovely parting gift for a friend of mine, who will be moving to Houston in a couple of weeks. I'm helping her move, which means that for 16 hours I will either be driving a van with five boxed cats or a station wagon with two unsecured dogs. I am afraid.