"Giving one pair to his son, he cautioned him that flying too near the sun would cause the wax to melt."...
Should have read
"Placing one shawl in the washing machine to spin out the water, she should have been warned it would cause the wool to felt."
I now have a very slightly felted Icarus Shawl. I'm rather upset, but I did it myself so I can't blame anyone but my stupidity. I now have a rather warmer version of the shawl. It didn't seem to shrink at all. It just lost some stitch definition. I used some Knitpicks Dye-Your-Own yarn, and size 2 needles. The fabric was quite dense to begin with for me, also.
Here's the whole thing. It's rather large. My rug was barely large enough.
Close up detail. You can see the slight color change from where I had to dye new yarn.