It will never cease to amaze me that you can start with this
and end up with this:
(Why yes, that is a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles towel)
The Yarn Harlot has a much more elegant post on lace and the magic of blocking, and since I can't say it any better than she can and I'm in the throes of finals I will send you there (and might I add I am in desperate need of those blocking wires. The thing about stoles is they have two very loooong straight edges. I tried the string method but it didn't work; I think it was because the edges were just too long). I have been making other things, but I have to do a research proposal, a planning document (just as boring as it sounds), and an in-depth annotated bibliography for reference. Unfortunately I don't think any of my professors will accept a hand-knit pair of socks instead (crazy, I know). Next Friday, I promise.
Blogger is being really frustrating. I may be switching to WordPress (don't worry, I'll let you know).
I should also admit that I signed up for the Secret of the Stole II. After my first semester of graduate school, more lace knitting on tiny needles sounds like a piece of cake.
Wish me luck. I'm diving back into the piles of homework. Seeing that light at the end of the tunnel...