I make a lot of swatches. I’m not religious about it when I’m working someone else’s pattern, but swatching is an absolute must when designing. I think of them sort of as a sketch, a way to get my ideas out into the world. Maybe I’ll have a really great idea, but it ends up looking really bad when knit up. Or maybe the swatch will reveal a design flaw that I didn’t foresee. Or, I start swatching, and I come up with an idea that is even better than my original one.
Long story short, I have a big stack of swatches. Several dozen at least. I can’t bring myself to throw them away, and they’re too varied to be sewn together into a blanket or anything useful. All different sizes, shapes, and weights. Some have been turned into fully-realized patterns, and some never got out of the planning stage, but I like them all.
And I can’t throw them away.
For a long time I had them strung up on the back of my closet door. But it started to look messy (actually mess, not messy-on-pupose in a Pinterest-y kind of way).
So, I got some great big bulletin boards, and have started pinning up some of my swatches. And, you know. I think it looks pretty good.It’s fun to see all my ideas laid out like that. Some of these are only ever going to be swatches, some are patterns that have been published already, and some turned into patterns that are going to be released in the future. (Don’t ask me to tell you which are which! It’ll be a surprise!)
I think Ollie likes my bulletin boards, too. (HA! He couldn’t care less, but he did like the box the boards came in.)What do you do with your swatches? Do you keep them? Unravel them? Throw them away? Or, do you not bother with swatches to begin with?