Thanx for your interest! I don’t block. I’m just bad at texture work, my purls don’t correlate well with my knits, or something. I’m only doing a pattern from this book because it was a gift, and because I’m kind of “what the hell” about knitting, will try anything. I did learn the long-tail cast-on which was fun (from the web – NOT from the awful illustration and directions in the book).