When a project is off the needles it often looks creased-up and out of shape. It is not as soft as you would wish either. But when soaked and blocked something has happened!
It´s like when the caterpillar bursts out of the cocoon transformed into a beautiful butterfly!
I have been knitting on a shawl for my friend who is moving up north. The yarn felt hard and itchy, but when blocked it turned soft and beautiful.
Here is before and after:
The pattern is found here http://muro.vuodatus.net/blog/881297 or here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/revontuli--huivi-northern-lights. The yarn is Kauni effekt 100% wool.