And just for comparison, so you understand the transformative power of blocking, here is a picture of the finished shawl before I dunked and blocked it, a purple squidgy pile of yarn.
It hasn't helped that our house has been invaded by what I am pretty sure are wolf spiders, apparently they come inside in the fall looking for a warm place to winter. I just captured one (literally, it ran across the floor of the room and I had to stop blogging and catch it) and released it outside. Here it is on our deck. He (she? not sure how to sex spiders, I'll stick with "he" seeing as how we have no neuter gender) is at least 2 inches across.
And lest you be grossed out by the spider story, here is an amusing picture. We found this in our bag of goldfish that we snacked on yesterday.