I made this for my mom's birthday, which is today, and I completed it Tues, blocked it Tues, and got it in the mail overnight to her yesterday.
Here is the shawl (no it isn't huge - it is being modeled by my 8YO DD). I added beads to the edging, like many other people - Thanks Miriam for the directions on how to do this!
I started this project on June 26, and finished on Aug 15. I have to admit I neglected my family as much as they would let me during this last week, and I definitely neglected my house. I used a 80/20 Mohair/Nylon yarn by Filatura Di Crosa in a dark red. It turned out to look great, but was very hard to fix problems because it was so fuzzy and didn't frog very well.
I am hoping someday to make another one of these for myself. Someday...