Well poo. I finished Contessa, which I had started quite a while ago, so it doesn't really count as a shawl-a-long. Got the ends all tucked in, washed it gently in the sink, then started blocking it on the living room floor on a cotton blanket. It kept wanting to shrink back, but the Morehouse site says you don't need to pin it or anything, just keep stretching it and it will dry really fast. Well, it's pretty much stretched, and pretty! Though next time I want to get some of those wires to put down the edges so they're really straight. Anyway, I left the room for 2 minutes, literally, and in that time, my cat (huge Maine Coon) walked across it, apparently got stuck, and snagged and RIPPED a thread right dead center. So it's all rucked up and this long thread end hanging out. I could kill him. I thought he might walk on it, but he TORE it. Jeez. I pulled it out somewhat straight and luckily, since it's a very basic pattern, I know I can fix it after it dries. But JEEZ. 2 minutes, people, really. I already have to keep all yarn and needles hidden since he eats yarn and chews the tips off my nice wood needles. But I didn't expect THIS. My first shawl. GRRRRRR.
I took some pictures but don't have hosting right now. I tried Photobucket, but of course tonight it's not working. I'll show you later. For such a simple pattern, it's really pretty.