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I Like Big Swatches & I Cannot Lie

August 31, 2015 No Comments by Heidi

These blues are yummy

My larger projects are winding down and the pattern I’m working on is nearly ready to go so my mind has turned to what’s next; a cardigan or jumper.

The more I chat to other crocheters or knitters, I realise I’m a bit of an anomaly. I love swatching. It allows me to get to know the yarn; how it drapes, how it will feel while making with it, what it wants to be. It’s like opening a new notebook, there’s so much potential. Also it’s very soothing, there’s no pressure. It’s just a square. There’s enough counting to make it interesting but not taxing. I also find it soothing. It helps me think and sort through other things floating around in my brain like what to have for dinner or design ideas.

L to R: Mirasol Sami & Drops Nepal

I started swatching with some Drops Nepal in my stash. I think I’ve still 1700m left so totally enough for a Tin Can Knits Harvest and then some more.

While I was at it, I swatched up some lovely soft Mirasol Sami. I just love the colorway’s soft tones and soothing blues. It may be a Tin Can Lush or something else with 3/4 sleeves.

All that’s left to do is take the gauge and wash them up with the rest of my hand knits then take the gauge again. I usually make my swatches massive to get a better idea of how the yarn will drape and it normally gives a better idea of my true tension. If the swatch is too small, I tend to hold it tightly which makes me knit or crochet tighter than I would on the actual item.

There’s no more making scheduled for the week since my shoulder is beyond sore. It’s been a day of pain killers with a rotation of the hot water bottle and TENS machine. Hopefully it will be sorted by the end of the week so I can enjoy uninterrupted making time next week when the sprog heads back to play school.

I’m looking forward to a bit of quiet time that doesn’t come with sinking fear that he’s gotten into something he shouldn’t had 🙂

If you’ve had a long weekend too, I hope you had a wonderful time. If you’re sat in work right now, hope it’s going well and that the afternoon flies by.

x H

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