Well this activity is a bit easy…
You will be comparing and contrasting the knitted pieces you have created.
How do the textured stitches differ form one another? Is one very distinct? Is one a bit softer, maybe from a fuzzy halo of fiber? Record what you notice that is different.
What about how they are alike? Do they share the same type of twist? Are they alike in colour? Are they similar in drape?
Dig! Dig! Dig!
And when you think there is noting else to observe:
PLAY WITH THEM!
Pick them up. Do they feel different?
Weigh them. Is there much different in weight and size? Are they similar in size but waaaay off on weight? Or vise versa?
Yeah, I really did type that.
Some fibers smell differently. You may love the look of it, but hate the scent… Would you want a beautiful sweater you hate to wear because the scent throws you for a loop?
Rub them on your neck. What do you think?
Ok…now you have finished right?
Head to a mirror. Hold them up a few feet away and look at them in the mirror. How do they appear, each one?
And now organize your swatches in to groups
- That are alike, and figure out why you think they are alike.
- That are different? What stands out?
- Good pairing partners! Which would look good together either as stripes, accents, embroidery…
Then get creative and see how you could work them together!
Pick up stitches along one swatch as you learned to do in the last activity, but this time in a different yarn. Work 7 rows in this colour and then switch back to the main swatch colour for 5 rows. GO back to colour B and work 3, then 2 in the MC.
As you look at this swatch what do you think? What do you like? What are some fun ideas that can spring out of your imagination now? Perhaps different stitches? Maybe multiple colours together that blend? High contrast colours that don’t?
Blaze a path with this experiment!