No really…swatches are all I’m knitting these days.
I’ve probably explained this before, but for me a book usually goes 1) have an idea, 2) source yarn, 3) swatch and write patterns, 4) send yarn and patterns off to magical stunt knitters to turn into projects, 5) get the patterns into proper book format and have them edited, 6) get projects back and take photos, 7) more editing, 8) printing. Now there’s more to it than that (I left out the traditional ‘all my ideas are crap’ crisis that invariably happens somewhere in the middle), and there’s some overlap (for example, a few of the pieces for Curls 3 are actually already finished while the last few patterns haven’t yet been written). But that’s the general process. And now? Now I’m in that swatch swatch swatch and write patterns stage.
One of the swatches I’m totally happy with (meaning it’s ready to move onto being knit and formatted and edited and generally made official) is this giant cable in Bijou Basin Ranch’s Tibetan Dream. I’m a sucker for a big cable, and this one goes together in a sort of unusual way that’s a lot of fun to do.
And I’m also loving this simple little bit of magic in Miss Babs Sojurn. The yarn is so amazing I didn’t want to mess around with it too much…just that simple little braided line is enough (plus you get to feel all clever for making your knitting turn and go sideways…I promise it’s not as tricky as it looks).
They either are or will soon be with knitters, and I’ll be working on cooking up schemes for more of the yarns. If you want to check them out (or see the earlier swatches), you can find all the Curls 3 posts here.