Even though I thought it might never happen, the neverending shawl is finally finished!
Here it is right off the needles, with a water bottle for size reference. You can see why I needed to block it:
Here it is blocking. Let me tell you, pinning out a shawl with a rounded top edge is a huge pain in the rear:
In the end, it turned out very pretty, and my mom loved it. It barely even lost any size after I unpinned it, which surprised me because I tend to be pretty severe in my blocking: