I am happy to say that these are the last pictures you will be seeing of this shapeless form.
Because I finished it! Thanks so much everyone for your sympathy about my dropped stitch fiasco, it was greatly appreciated. Many of you even messaged me asking how the fixing process turned out, which I appreciated as well.
I wasn't happy with the way things looked after I had laddered down and reknit the one leaf that was missing. I ended up ripping back the border, and then ripping (well, I actually tinked it, one stitch at a time) to below where the stitch had dropped to and reknit that portion of the body. (Ugh, that sentence was confusing and extremely grammatically incorrect, sorry.) I'm really glad I did, because I had plenty of, "um, WTF is going on here?" moments when I got to the part I had "fixed." There were stitches everywhere, and at one point I had even twisted strands of yarn so that one row of stitches overlapped another, it was very strange.
Anyway, it all worked itself out, I was able to reknit the body without a problem, and just this morning I finished the border. Now all I have to do is weave in my ends, wash, and block the shawl. I'm so close to the end! I held it up today and then felt very, well, less-than-impressed because it took me FOREVER to knit this shawl and it looked so small in my hands. Blocking better fix that.
and look, I was finally able to get a picture that showed the variations in "color." For one reason or another, the darker parts of the yarn were much stiffer and scratchier than the lighter ones, which were more lofty (if one can use that word to describe this yarn) and drapier (again, if possible.) Let's hope I have enough blocking pins, I don't want to have to run to the yarn shop in the middle of my blocking party (so far I'm the only one invited, don't feel bad.)
Possibly FO pictures tomorrow? Keep your fingers crossed for me. Please and thank you!