Botanica Knitalong: Stop, Drop, and Swatch
I’m famously not a swatcher, but here we are.
Longing to cast on one of Dee Hardwicke’s designs from MDK Field Guide No. 25: Botanica, I found myself in an unfamiliar state: indecision. I couldn’t decide which project to start first, between the Autumn Garden Stole and the Cottage Throw. They are both big projects, but my motto is go big and stay home—knitting.
And then, when I decided to cast on the Autumn Garden Stole, I couldn’t decide on a colorway.
The answer to this kind of indecision is to Be Like Dee—and swatch! I plopped myself down with a pile of Atlas bits and balls, and got started.
This swatching thing is cool—what a concept.
Whisper, Wintergreen, and Clementine. Need more Clementine!
Clementine, Leek, and Whisper.
The next one didn’t get very far, but it taught me something: Pear doesn’t read well against a background of Cork.
But what a pretty blur!
One of these wee ones might be the winner.
Two arrangements of Cork, Truffle, and Cedar. The inspiration for this combination came from our Atlanta friend Judy, who practically owns the rights to this mix. I love that it’s neutral and vibrant—and cool and warm—at the same time. It will go with everything in my closet, and also stand on its own two feet, as a beautiful object thrown over the coat rack or the back of a chair.
But maybe I need to swatch a little more.