Well, here's what I've done so far. Made 3 strips, and it kinda resembles the design in the pattern photo, so that's good, I guess. My gauge was WAY off on this...when the first strip was completed it was 10 feet long!!! I made the others 200 loops apiece and it is much more of a reasonable size.
Here's a preview of the completed shawl, from the book I was telling you about:
Close up of lace design: