Nevertheless, despite the mistakes I'm sure exist in the shawl it looks pretty normal. I'm not normally one to wear shawls and will probably attempt to wear this as some sort of scarf, but the binding off on a shawl and watching it grow when blocking is just my favorite thing.
And it seriously grew:
I literally had less than three inches left of yarn at the end. I don't think I've ever cut any knitting project so close.
I'm not super crazy about the motifs, and I'm not super crazy about the way it looks as a scarf. But the experience I gained while knitting it will hopefully be worth it. The only difficult thing about the pattern was that there were double yarn overs and triple yarn overs, but, eventually, I was able to handle them correctly.
Also, I always have trouble at school finding a suitable lighting/background situation that doesn't involve me (embarrassingly) taking pictures of myself outside in front of every passerby... I'll try to work on that. For now, enjoy the fake wood of my closet door: