Well, done with this finally. Wasn't nearly as painful as I had expected, though I have to say the bind-off was sort of excruciating. Not because it was hard, it was just...endless! The best part was the blocking, taking this more-or-less shapeless lump of wool and watching it transform! I've heard of adding a bit of starch to the water when blocking shawls. I didn't; does anyone do it?
It's being reblocked, and I was clearly being too soft on it before. This time, it begged for mercy. It even confessed to being a Diphysite. Haha, that's like, SOOO 4th-century. I told it to shut up or it would get the water treatment again.