I'm done! Before blocking: I use lavendar Eucalan for blocking. I have not used other soaps, so I really do not have any opinion on the best. Do any of you have a favorite blocking soap or method? I soaked Girasole for at least 15 minutes in tepid water with the Eucalan. Once soaking was complete, I squeezed out excess water gently - this takes awhile. Then I laid the blanket flat and pinned down to the rug to dry. I did not have a lot of pins, so I decided to block the afghan with a scalloped edge. I think it will look great!