I've begun to sort through some of the samples and yarns with which I returned home from Columbus. Now for my favourite part, planning my summer swatching. How do I plan? It should come as no surprise that on the flight home I pulled out my notebook and began a list. What did I include? There's … [Read more...] about summer swatching plans, part one
Every week, I swatch for fun. But sometimes I need to swatch for gauge. While my fundamental swatches have flexible criteria as to what makes them effective tools, I make sure to work my gauge swatches diligently. There are some truths that are universal for both knit and crochet gauge swatches. … [Read more...] about the importance of swatching for gauge
Whisper the word swatch in a yarn shop and I bet most who hear it will either shudder or groan. Sometimes I grumble with everyone else; while swatching isn't yet my favorite part of every project, as I work through year two of my saturday swatch project, I've learned to love to swatch for fun and … [Read more...] about swatching for fun(damentals)
It's the time of year when spring swatches begin to grow into finished designs and samples. Why? The summer industry trade show is fast approaching! Swatches are being worked (and often reworked) to produce the best possible samples and designs for you. What designs are you wishing … [Read more...] about Spring swatches grow
Just a quick checkin with my Saturday swatch project! It's still going strong and each week I look forward to finding something new or different to swatch. You can follow along by searching my instagram tag, #psgswatches. I'm no longer working exclusively from sample mini skeins, in a few cases I've … [Read more...] about swatch checkin!
Over the years I've found I've become habitual in the stitch patterns and yarns I choose to work with. There's nothing wrong with that but I miss the experience of being surprised by the unexpected. Yes, I swatch, but only when I'm looking to meet a particular gauge. To play with yarn, colour, … [Read more...] about saturday swatch project