Less than 24 hours later, here is the result:
I know...it's tiny and can barely be called a shawlette, much less a shawl...let me assure you that it looks equally silly worn as a neckerchief, and even if it didn't the ends aren't long enough to tuck in so it stays wrapped properly.
I present you with the magic of blocking! There has been some chatter on the boards about blocking and its relative painfulness/difficulty. It does take a couple minutes and delays the instant gratification of casting off and calling something finished, but look at the results!
Much better, no? For the record, that's David's hand in both those pictures...I'm not that hairy ;)
It's not a huge shawl, and we could have blocked it a little more aggressively, but for a one-skein, one-day project, I'm just thrilled! I'm thinking of making a whole mess of them as Christmas gifts since they go so fast, the pattern is really easy...
Update tomorrow or the next day on what it looks like once it's unpinned and worn in a non-ridiculous fashion.