There are as many ways to swatch as there are to create. Two of the most common methods are sampler and single swatches. A sampler can combine multiple techniques, materials, or tools in one. A single swatch, by contrast, decides on the variables and keeps them consistent throughout. Is one swatch … [Read more...] about Swatch Thoughts: Focused vs Sampler
Swatching to answer: Why?
A friend who primarily knits with her hand spun, emailed me with a question the other day. She was trying to crochet with her yarn, but the plies would untwist as she worked. Did I have an idea what was wrong? She'd heard something that s and z twist mattered for crochet. Could she use the yarn for … [Read more...] about Swatching to answer: Why?
Swatch Library Project Update & Stitch Dictionary Review
Today as I work on new swatches and tidy up my notes, I am refining how I organize my information. I have a stack of stitch dictionaries and a large mug of tea to help me prepare for future swatches. This post covers two topics. It includes an update to the Swatch Library Project and a review to a … [Read more...] about Swatch Library Project Update & Stitch Dictionary Review
Swatch Library Project, First Steps
In the last post, I invited you to join in the swatch project. Together we will build our own library of information so we can make better informed substitutions. We'll do this by researching details about the yarn and swatching. There are many other projects to help you learn to swatch. My goal … [Read more...] about Swatch Library Project, First Steps
Can I Change That?
Over the past year, there have been increasing discussions online about yarn substitution, design samples, and accessibility. This year has been one of change and the focus of this post is no different. Today I’ll write a little about the essential crux of the question, Can I change that?. There are … [Read more...] about Can I Change That?
Working with Anzula’s Yarns
I hope this post finds you and yours well as we begin to understand our “new normal.” We adapt. We mourn. We celebrate. We wash our hands. While I (once again) haven't been consistent in writing here, I've been working with yarn and fiber. Some days I work on designs with intricate details that … [Read more...] about Working with Anzula’s Yarns