WIP Wednesday: Swatchin’

This weekend I was able to finish all of the projects I had on my needles, can you believe that? Me neither. Pretty crazy. The finished projects will all get their day on the blog soon but Wednesdays are for sharing current works in progress and so that’s what we have – pre-works in progress.

IMG_3027I’m swatching for two different tops right now out of two totally different yarns and, incidentally, having the same problem with both.IMG_2009

The first is the Cascades Sweater by Michele Wang. My momma and I are going to knit some of these for our next KAL and we’ve chosen to use Shepherd’s Wool – mine in the Autumn Gold colorway and hers in the Granite colorway. The first swatch I knit up on US 7’s as the pattern suggested but my gauge was too big so I re-knit on US 6’s and the row gauge changed quite a bit more than the stitch gauge did. I may need to do a little math to get the sweater to work with this gauge but I’d rather do it up front than end up with a pullover that doesn’t fit well!IMG_2851

The second sweater is the Hualpa Kimono by We Are Knitters out of their Cotton Yarn. Again, I knit my swatch on the recommended needle size (US 8’s) and had to go down to a US 7, but, AGAIN, the row gauge changed more than the stitch gauge! I do like the fabric though so will just make a few modifications to make it work for me.IMG_2848

The importance of swatching is a big one and ya’ll should do it before you make things that need to fit (like sweaters and the like). Knitting a swatch two or three times over is far quicker than knitting a sweater two or three times over!

Swatch Organization

I don’t know how many of you other crafters swatch, but I find them extremely important in my design making, especially when it comes to design submissions.  After I’ve knit up the piece at least once, changed needle sizes or stitch counts to suit the fabric, etc, I’ve got all these little pieces of fabric lying around.IMG_8272

They’re textured, colored, simple, small, big, rectangle, oblong, and sorts of useful and kind of pretty.  I keep most of my swatches in this white basket except for the ones I’m currently using.  IMG_8269

If I go back to a swatch from ages ago (or even a week, heck, let’s be honest) I may not remember exactly what size needles I used, or the fiber content of the yarn.  I use these little white tags to keep track of this information so I can refer back to it later.IMG_8268

Do you swatch?  What do you do with them after they’ve served their initial purpose?

Studio Sights Pt 2

Welcome to another edition of Studio Sights!  The first edition was here.

Today I’m sharing a little basket that takes up part of my desk space.

it’s got some charm

It’s a little white wicker basket with leather straps and closures that I picked up for free at a garage sale and it is a perfect little swatch holder.

simply sweet little details

I don’t know about the rest of you knitters, but I don’t really know what to do with my swatches once I knit them up and make them a perfect representation of the design.  I don’t want to throw them out, they’re useful, but they can’t just be floating around adding to the clutter that is my disaster roomstudio.  So, here they are (most of them at least, a few do seem to escape into the wild).

I mean, I can’t really show the swatches in detail…but there’s a lot of them!

How do you wrangle your swatches?  I’d love to hear any clever storage ideas you have, or have seen, in crafty studios!

WIP Wednesday: Another Citron and a Swatch

Happy Wednesday everyone!  My post will have to be quick today, I’m still unpacking and I have a friend coming over in a bit to have some catch-up and girl time but I wanted to show you what I’ve been working on lately in between all the crazy stuff and the moving and graduating and what not.

Leetle beginnings

While I was spending time with my family on Friday celebrating, my Mom pulled out some gorgeous yarn from Lisa Souzain the Mardi Gras colorway and Knitty’s famous Citron pattern.  I started helping her with the pattern and showing her which stitches to pick up at the beginning and, as these things usually go, I took the Citron home with me and I’ll mail it back to her when I finish hehe.

sorry for the shoddy photo, its been cloudy since I got to Colorado!

I also have a gauge swatch, and you know the sad part?  I haven’t even measured it yet.  I’ve just knit the thing, with the intentions of measuring it and getting started on this big project that needs to be finished by Christmas.  Maybe I’ll actually measure it while I’m having girl time with my lady friend…Who knows!

The swatch is nice looking, so now I just need to do the actual project...

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