Well, here is something I found. Steamblocking goes under "dry blocking" as well.
Wet blocking means that you immerse the block, garment or textile in water, followed by careful pinning to a blocking board or, in the case of a large quilt, the rug on the floor. After pinning, described below, the textile is allowed to dry in the shape and dimensions you give it.
Dry blocking means the item is completely dry when you pin it into the shape and dimensions you want. You add moisture in one of several ways.
* You can spray it evenly with a spray bottle
* You can pass a steam iron over it, not on it
* You can use a commercial steamer
Hope that helps
The ways of Yarn are inscrutable.
Wet blocking also allows you remove any oils that you've "knitted" into the scarf from your hands. You'd be surprised at how much gets on your work. Also helps remove any odors that may have clung to the fibers. There are several products out there specifically for this purpose.
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I for one am in favor of wet blocking or "washing" lace or something that requires blocking. Mwhite is right about the oils and dirt from your hands getting into your knitting. I use dawn dish washing liquid to was my things before wet block. you can also you Kabula (sp) wash.
Make sure to check that the yarn you are using is suitable for wet blocking (i.e. certain fine yarns should NOT be wet blocked).
Also, try putting a flattened out garbage bag between your garment and the soft surface you will pin it to (especially if using a bed, rug, etc.). The plastic will not soak up the moisture and the garment should dry faster. :D