Thanks for all your advice yesterday. The voting was pretty clearly in favor of blocking first, then seaming. Following closely was blocking, seaming, and blocking again. The votes were helpful but what I really appreciated was the comments you all left about why you finish sweaters the way you do.
And really, I knew I should block first but was trying to avoid it. Here’s the comment from Elizabeth that truly pushed me into deciding to block before seaming:
Having just seamed a sweater without blocking it, I found myself thinking several times during the process that I wished I’d blocked it first. It went together fine, but it would’ve been even easier if it had been blocked.
The last thing I want is to make things harder on myself. So, the pieces will be blocked. I’m hoping to get them seamed by the end of the week so that I can knit the button bands and collar over the weekend.
The yarn is Wild Apple Hill Farm 100% wool that I picked up at Rhinebeck last year. I’m enjoying it so far. In fact, it’s off to a great start!