First off, let me just say that blocking wires totally rock! They arrived yesterday and I blocked the shawl on the floor in my craft room. I think I used a total of about 20 pins with the wires. If I had done it with pins alone, I hate to think how many it would have taken! Not to mention that I probably wouldn't be able to stand upright today. LOL
Unblocked measurement: 18" x 84"
Blocked measurement: 27" x 86"
I might have been able to get more length if I sacrificed on the width, but I think opening up the lace width-wise looks the best and the length is actually quite workable for me.
So far today, there has been some sunshine with transient clouds. No rain or hail, yet (we had both yesterday), so I took a few pictures outside.
The shawl pin is one I purchased at my LYS. It's from Gita Maria and I think it pairs well with the colors in the shawl.
Altogether, Ellie seems unimpressed. She'd rather be in her bed, strategically placed in a sunny window.