But making swatches to explore stitch patterns, textures, and motifs, or how two stitch patterns work together: that I love. I love comparing how stitches look different in different yarns and with different needles. I even love charting the stitch patterns on graph paper and making small tweaks to see how the pattern changes overall. I sit on the couch and surround myself with stitch dictionaries and graph paper, pencils, erasers, a red pen, lots of needles, and whatever scraps of yarn I have laying around. I've spent the entire last week doing just that. I've had plenty of failures, but I don't mind those at all. Even the failures teach me something.
The past three weeks have been incredibly snowy and cold. The only way I can see to happily get through these weeks is wool and bamboo needles in front of the wood stove.