locking really isn't all that painful. Do you have the first Stitch and Bitch book? I feel that Debbie Stoller's instructions on how to block are the best. Blocking can sometimes really do wonders for your knitting. There were many times when I finished a project and was on the verge of tears because I thought I did something wrong or it was just a crappy job done on my part. However, after dunking it in some cool water and stretching it into proportions, voila! It looked somewhat reminiscent of the one displayed in the pattern! Whew!!
i don't have the first book. i think i just get so impatient when i make something that detailed. i wanna get it on and enjoy!! maybe i should just learn to deal. thanks for the encouragement.