|swatch||a sample piece of cloth (usage from the mid-17th century); in knitting, a small piece of cloth used to evaluate gauge|
|switch||a swatch indicating an undesired gauge or texture of fabric|
|swash||a washed swatch, the only reliable tool for measuring true gauge|
|swish||swatch less than 30 stitches wide, prepared by optimistic knitters|
|svetch||what you do when your swish lies|
|smatch||the act of approximating a single dyelot from multiple dyelots|
||the act of cramming your knitting project into your backpack or similar receptacle|
||a intensive (but feel free to debate this qualification) property of yarn, especially handspun|
||the giant sucking sound made by yarn stores as you are pulled past the event horizon (defined in this case as the watershed for stashquisition; see here for other uses of general relativity)|
Now that you mention it ...
Thank you, everyone, for your enthusiasm for my seaming technique as will as the sweater itself. I neglected to mention that the technique can be used to add width, a necessary element when I conceived of the approach. Oh sure, I had swatched, preparing not a swish, but a proper swatch - a swash, no less. After I cast on, I unfairly suspected that my swash had told swish-like lies. With a wide but shallow piece of knitting, still on the needles and not a proper swatch, I recalculated gauge. After knitting the body of my husband's sweater, I realize that I was moving treacherously toward negative ease. I hit upon the idea of adding a gusset from wrist to waist using garter stitch ridges. I could have used a single color, but I thought it would be more entertaining to use various colors, and additionally more likely to obscure the original conundrum.
Julie, thanks for stopping by! Your blog looks like a great place to noodle around.
Dave, it was indeed fun, at least after I recognized that a perfectly even distribution of live stitches on each side of the seam was required for getting the horizontal stripes to match.
Mafia, thanks for the color compliment! I owe it all to my mom. (The nature versus nurture component is unresolved here, but the statement works either way.)
Ariel and Rebecca, the yarn used was Tibet Silk Wool. I just love the way it looks when knit up. The production values for the batches that I was using were not even, with some colors overwound, and some under-wound, which led to frequent disintegration mid-row. Rather than tink, I opted for weaving in the tails of outrage.
Colleen, I'll see what I can do about an action post!