LOOK!!!!!!!!! It's a finished shawl body!!!!!
I finished at about 5:00 this afternoon, after doing three rounds last night (2.5 hours) and five today (4 hours). I now have 1440 stitches on the needle. Whew!
All that's left is to knit the edging, a total of forty repeats. I figure that each repeat will take about 50 minutes, based on the number of stitches. (Though it was totally unplanned, I love that the number of stitches in one edging repeat is 1440, exactly the same as the total stitches in the final round of the body. I don't know why this pleases me so, but it does.)
As far as finished size goes, I think I'm right on target (possibly slightly larger). By holding the center and edge of the shawl, I can easily stretch it to 35 inches, which was the target radius of the body. The edging should be about 5 inches, giving a finished diameter of 80 inches.
I can't wait to get a few edging repeats knit on so I can actually see how my pattern is turning out! I've been going on faith since round 100, (last February!), when I had it off the needles to do a test stretch.