|Cascade 220 sampler afghan. Pattern available.|
Life settled down, and I had 19 swatches. I realized I really had a shot at finishing this sampler afghan after all. And as decided to repeat some of the blocks I was amazed at how much easier they were the second and then the third time. The blanket ended up being 36 blocks large, and although I can tell which blocks were early swatches and which I did at the end, it looks pretty good, even now, 5 years later. I'm grateful to my swatch journey for reinforcing (and sometimes inventing) my knitting skills. And I'm very grateful when I see my kids cozied up under the finished afghan. I made that! I learned so much. Swatches and I are friends now.