Hey, MsKathy, I remembered to take before and after pictures, just so you could see. Hope it helps.
and a closer look:
And here's it pinned down:
Can you see how the stitches opened up? Also, here's a look at the whole thing post-blocking:
Pretty cool, huh? I think I did okay for my first time out. With a little luck, I can give a shawl a go tomorrow, if I'm up for it. Will also need to partially block the shawl I've got on the needles, in order to figure out how much further I have left to go before I'm done.