I’ve made it a habit to save my swatches. I think it stems from my knitting classes in college – our homework every week was to develop 4-6 knitted swatches,and at the end of the semester we needed to display all our best swatches so that professors could analyze our progress. After my school days were over, I still found reasons to keep my swatches. Sometimes a swatch I’d previously disregarded as a failure will turn out to be the key to inventing a new stitch pattern, making it the starting point for a new project. Other times I’ll knit up a swatch without any idea what it could be used for, keep it, and eventually think of the perfect design months later.
I’ve continued to save my swatches at work, too. I collect them in baskets, and Norah and Donna both toss their finished swatches into them as well. Here’s one of my swatch receptacles:
I started thinking that it would be nice to see a bunch of the swatches all laid out together, so I grabbed a bulletin board and pinned them up together. Here’s my board:
It reminded me of a patchwork quilt, so I started duplicating it for different effects. Here it is, repeated four times:
And then I flipped them to mirror each other:
And of course I can never resist applying a kaleidoscope effect, just to see what happens:
These swatches just keep coming in handy!