I wound some yarn earlier this week and then couldn't get it out of my head. I have two other projects going, and doing more than one at a time is very unusual for me, but I kept thinking about this yarn.
I couldn't figure out what it wanted to be. I didn't know what size needles it wanted, what pattern it wanted, what it was destined to become. So, I did something I do only in times of desperation: I started swatching.
I started with the one row lace scarf pattern on big needles for awhile, then decided I didn't like it.
Then I did garter stitch for awhile and didn't like that either.
Stockinette stitch -- nope.
Change needles to tiny sock needles (because by this time a day has passed and I was at lunch with limited options) and do a bit in stockinette. Prettier, but too stiff.
Try a modified version of the one row lace pattern. Meh.
Now I'm back at home and able to switch to a medium-sized needle for a bit in stockinette. Better.
Did the one row lace pattern--still not loving the garter-y stitch parts.
At this point, I've decided it's time to rip. However,when I take the swatch off the needles, I can't help but notice something...
I've made a dress for a paper doll. Who says swatching is a waste of time?