Monday, August 27, 2007

Can I handle the truth?

OK be honest. How many of you have actually swatched or are planning to swatch?

15 comments:

bonnie said...

I'm in the middle of swatching now - I've tried 3.5mm, 3.25mm, 2.75mm and I'm waiting to get 3mm from the postie, no idea which one to choose but I did practice the beaded cast on and love the look.

Alix said...

erm, i so did not swatch.

SapphyreKnitter said...

I didn't swatch for THIS stole, but I'm using the same yarn/beads/needle as I used for MS3, and I DID swatch that, just to make sure I liked the look.

aj said...

I didn't swatch for this either, but that's only because I've used my yarn and needle combination on another project, so I knew how they'd look together.

I did, however swatch for Hanami #2 (all cherry blossoms version with a kid mohair/silk blend.)

Don't worry - the knitting goddesses won't confiscate your materials if you decide not to! ;)

J. said...

Nope. Me no swatch.

Qutecowgirl said...

swatch? What is that? (joking - I hate swatching and rarely do - and yes I have paid for it)

Erica said...

I did a swatch of stockinette (then ripped it out) ONLY because I tend to knit loosely and wanted to make sure that using 3's with Sea Silk would look OK. But in general I find that swatches lie and really don't save me lots of time, as every pattern would have you believe.

Anonymous said...

I'm going to do a mini-swatch because I'm using a new yarn
Maria D.

pieheart said...

I have never used my yarn before so I intend to swatch.

But no, I haven't done it yet. I did wind my yarn this morning though!

yarnfloozie said...

Nope, no swatch. Am using same materials as MS3, but didn't swatch that either.

Amanda said...

Much as I hate doing it I swatched for this project. I've never used the yarn before and had no idea what it would look like. I didn't like the look with 3mm or 3.5mm needles so I've decide to go with 3.75mm but haven't bothered to swatch on those!

Stitch-ay Woman said...

I'm swatching right now! I'm finishing up the swatch because I want to get some straight needles this afternoon and I want to know what size to buy (I usually use circs but I decided that straights would be a good choice for this). I wasn't too crazy about the size 3s so I changed to 2s, but I may change my mind after blocking, of course...

Vicky said...

Nope, not going to swatch - it's a shawl! As Kristina said, if I hate the needle size I choose, I'll tear it out and start again.

Happy KAL! Vicky in Denver

rowan said...

I didn't swatch for this project, but I did receive a sample of the Zephyr wool silk from Sarah's Yarns a few weeks ago and used my 3.25mm needles and knitted it up. I like the fabric I got and will probably just cast on using that size with the Zephyr in Cassis color that arrived last week. I'm going to cast on tomorrow or Friday, I have a pair of socks that I'm just about finished with and want to have fewer WPI's before I get started.

Linda F said...

I did swatch, but minimally. I think I cast on 30 stitches, knitted a couple of inches, and did a yo, k2tog every now and then to see how I liked the contrast. Since I'm doing the blossom-only version, that's all I think I need to do.