First, thank you for the compliments!
Judy asked about the pattern and if I used blocking wires. The pattern is Leaf Lace Shawl by Fiber Trends, that I purchased locally. I actually purchased three shawl patterns at the same time, because I liked all of them, and couldn't make up my mind which I wanted to make first. Some of them have measurements and supplies for more than one size yarn, and that is really helpful, and this one can be made from lace weight yarn, up to DK weight. The next one is all kitted up by me with some dark turquoise / teal yarn that I handspun, and am anxious to try out, but it is waiting for me to finish other projects (I don't even want to know how many UFOs I have).
Like Paula, I finally purchased blocking wires from Knit Picks, and wouldn't have been able to block this shawl, or my large scarves without them, as the projects are larger than my blocking board, which is also indespensible, both for blocking knitting that it was intended for, but also for quilts that will fit on it. For this shawl, it was pinned with the neck edge centered, and as close to the long edge of my blocking board as I could get. It took two wires (overlapped) on each of the three sides, and I just pinned as much as I could to the board, and left the points hang past the edge, pulling the lace out the best I could. It worked so well, I can't even tell where it went off the board.