Wow, thanks so much for your kind words and well wishes! I feel like I got a bunch of virtual hugs all day long. What a great feeling. :)

Tomorrow I leave for Rhinebeck. This is a tough season to pack for, so I'm just bringing a little of everything, from shorts to sweaters and everything in between. Along with too much clothes, too much yarn, too much fiber, and hopefully enough water, I'll be taking this along:

Falling Leaves Shawl - blocking
3 blocking surfaces, baby!

It blocked out pretty big: 6 feet by almost 3 feet. After unpinning, it did shrink back just a bit, and the kite shape came back a hair, but not enough to be disconcerting. I stretched the sucker out, which I wasn't planning to do. I kinda liked the ruffled partial garterness of it all pre-blocking; but I also just wanted to see how far it would go. Pre-blocking it was about 2 feet to a side, so it stretched almost 50% more. Feel the Power!

So... how do I wear it???