Anyway, glass is half full . . .
|Swatch 2, front side, before blacking|
And here is the back side. Rows look like bumps instead of smooth. This is the purl row side.
|Swatch 2, back side, before blocking|
You can see how it curls on the edges. This is what it looks like before I wet it down, pin it down and steam it, and then let it dry. (Blocking)
So, it was time to start "The Notebook" -- the one that I will send off to the judges. Which brings me, a bit late, to The Knitting Guild Association. I'll be following their precise instructions for knitting the swatches and presenting my work. Knitting, like a lot of life, requires more than a bit of precision. In sewing it's straight seams; in quilting it's the seam thing plus matching the right corners; in building a house it's making sure things are plumb; and in knitting it's the yarn, the gauge, the needles, the stitches, the pattern, the seams, the blocking, the finishing.
|Swatch 2 in a page-protector, in the notebook|
The folks at The Knitting Guild Association have a 27 page document detailing every aspect of the submission, from type of yarn to stitches for each swatch, to (yes!) the size of the notebook -- as in 'not more than a 2" binder.' Here's a picture of swatch 2 in my notebook. More on this later as I fill it.
Please note the outrageously rebellious nature of the notebook. It's BLUE because they didn't specify and I had a blue one in the no-longer-needed collection of why-did-I-think-I-needed-that Business Supplies