So although our personal lives have been obnoxiously unstable for the last two weeks (more on that later), I've still managed to do some swatching for a design project I'm working on with a friend. I found a stitch pattern I really liked while browsing sweaters on Etsy, sketched it out and charted it based on the photos, and swatched a little bit the other day. It reminded me that even though I'm not a big fan of swatching while I'm doing it, it really does give me a lot of information - especially when designing.
The stitch pattern originally had yarnovers as the method of increasing, and while I love the idea for a women's blouse with a lighter yarn, the fabric was just too airy for the garment I'm making. So I played with lifted increases, and lo and behold, I really like it. It just goes to show how the best laid plans are sometimes not the right ones!