KnittinPreacher asked a great question: Why block socks?
The pattern I just finished knitting for Light Princess is called Monkey, and it has a lace pattern. I'm already blocking hers, but I will show you with pictures of another pair why blocking matters for this pattern. It gives you a much nicer texture and makes the pattern more obvious.
Blocking terrified me in the past, but now I am into it! I just blocked a shawl, which I will show here in a picture soon, and I am thinking of blocking the Clapotis I made a couple of years ago, that just isn't quite right, probably because I did not block it.
Here are the Monkey socks I made for Sockapalooza last year, before blocking:
And here they are after: