The lowly gauge swatch. Loathed by most. Skipped entirely by many. (Don't do that. Always do a gauge swatch.)
Want to feel better about making one? It can have uses beyond gauge, we promise! Here are 8 ideas for giving your swatches a meaningful afterlife.
- Swatches make an easy way to track down the exact yarn you might need to make repairs. Keep a swatch library so you'll always know where to find it. Bonus points: pin on a note with details about the pattern and needle size you used.
- Or store swatches right with finished objects and add a little cedar or lavender oil to them. This is a great way to help keep moths away, plus it smells heavenly.
- If you're fairly consistent about the size of your swatches, you can sew them together into a granny square blanket.
- Pinning or sewing colorful swatches along the length of some rope or yarn can make a cute pennant-like decoration for a child's room.
- Swatches in some fibers make great dishcloths for wiping down the kitchen counter.
- Stack a few to make trivets to protect your table from warm serving dishes.
- One of Twistedista Emily's favorite uses for swatches is to slide them between stacked pans, plates, and bowls to protect the surfaces from scratching.
- Swatches also make really fabulous coasters under mugs or plants. Truly. They soak up condensation and add a colorful touch.
Regardless of how you use them, swatches will serve as lovely reminders of beautiful yarn purchases made throughout the years.