Enough said. On the other hand, I like having blocked lace pieces. One trip to the hardware store later (so much cheaper than buying "blocking wire" from fancy knitting stores), one evening of cursing later, we have this:
Various household items have been enlisted to help. A toolbox. A bookshelf. A dog water bowl.
... and they are all doing a great job. A can of paint. A crate filled with books.
I have to admit that the wire makes the whole process a lot faster and easier. Sure it's a pain to thread it through all the eyelets, but once you have it threaded it's a lot easier to make a straight edge!