As designers and yarn dyers, much of our knitting time is spent swatching rather than working on projects. In fact we have boxes of swatches!
When we try out new yarns to see if we want to add them to our yarn line we swatch.
When we dye new colourways and want to see how they knit up we swatch.
When we have an idea for a new design we swatch. Often many, many times.