With each of my last few projects, the number of swatches I have done has steadily increased (I hope this trend doesn't continue!). I've done multiple swatches for different reasons; for my project for an upcoming issue of Vogue Knitting, it was to find different stitch patterns that played well together, while for Etrusca, it was to find an assortment of yarns in different gauges that could be substituted for the Karabella Empire Silk I used-- and to choose among several stitch patterns. The swatches pictured here are for the next project I hope to turn into a pattern for sale: a top-down* (my first!!) raglan pullover using Tilli Tomas Fil de la Mer, a lovely, lovely yarn. By the way, I'm NOT planning to incorporate all of these stitch patterns into one garment.
On a COMPLETELY different topic, I read in some trashy magazine at the gym that various actresses have "girl crushes" on Angelina Jolie, and I thought, "Hmm. To each her own, I guess." Then I wondered who my girl crush would be, and having recently seen A Bridge to Terabithia, Zooey Deschanel came to mind. Then I saw this article about her recent CD release; in the article she is called a "crafty girl" who knits and crochets. OK, found my girl crush. Who's yours?!
*Knitting From the Top by Barbara Walker is a great book, but I kinda wish they'd update that cover photo.