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May 30, 2016
Swatching. For many knitters it is a dirty word. They struggle to match someone else's gauge, the same number of rows and stitches. I view it as a journey of discovery: do I like this yarn, in this stitch pattern? Sometimes it takes a while to find the right combination, sometimes it takes being a bit harder on the swatch to get it to reveal its full potential. Like the lilac linen/silk swatch. It wasn't softening, blooming, filling in. Until himself sent it through the dryer with his laundry - then, it was perfection with a soft drape. Pattern time!