A few weeks ago, I finished knitting the body of my Lace Scarf Cardi and had to stop - some of the photos on Ravelry showed sweaters that were longer in the shoulder/bust area and shorter in the body than I'd like, and I wanted to block the body portion to see how long it would really be. I hung it up to dry, to see how much the linen in this linen/alpaca blend would stretch upon wearing. The verdict? I think it's just about right.
I had a relatively chill weekend for the first time in weeks, so I stayed home with Lumberjack, watched Battlestar Galactica, and worked on the sweater. It's funny, now I can totally tell what has been blocked and what hasn't been - the lower body is pretty soft and smooth, and has a lovely halo. From the gathers on up, however, the fabric hasn't quite settled into itself. It's bumpy in the lace and less cohesive as a fabric in the stockinette - you can see a lot more individual stitch definition.
The cast-on of the sweater was just stockinette, so the other day I picked up a grosgrain ribbon in a similar smoky lavender color in hopes that I can tack the ribbon to the lower hem to keep it from rolling. I had hoped that blocking would flatten the cast-on edge, but it's still curling pretty bad.
Overall, I'm really happy with how it's turning out. Hopefully it continues in this direction!