Blocking is the second most exciting part of lace knitting. The piece is finally pinned out and drying and all you can do is stare in amazement at what just came off your knitting needles. Then you give thanks for the miracle of blocking, because before this step, your lace was a lumpy, shapeless mess. At the same time, your happiness is checked by a sense of dread as you wonder what this will look like on a human being. Will it be ethereal and elegant, or just a giant doily?