One thing about shawls knit sideways is that you cannot exactly see how long they are. There's just a mess of stitches on the needle, obviously scrunched up, and you just happily knit for a few months or so. And then you bind off, and even the dog is surprised with the result:
The Sampler Shawl is big, and I haven't even blocked it yet. I don't even know where I will block it.