When I opened my email this morning, I had one from Knitter's Review. It was talking about swatching so I thought I would post on that
I have always been disappointed that I haven't kept all of my swatches and had a history of my knitting. But I am always afraid I will run out of yarn, so I swatch, measure, ravel it out and use it in the sweater. I was amazed to learn that the Swatching Manifest recommends that you wash your swatch. I thought I was doing it faithfully, correctly only to find out there is something else involved in swatching. Clara admits to swatching every day. She calls herself a "serial swatcher" She see swatching as practice. I love it. It tells me a lot about why I just love to knit nothing, to just get the feel of yarn before I start a project. I am not weird. "Swatching is a daily, meditation. With no final destination, I'm free to let my mind wander wherever it need to go." I love that quote.
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