Some days, I impress myself. I actually take the time to not only swatch but also wash and block said swatch AND wait to cast on until the swatch is dry. Even when I'm going on a trip the next day and desperately want to have this sweater to work on during the nine-hour car trip.
But with this project, I wanted to get it right. It's been a while since I've knit a sweater, so I decided to actually make a swatch in the correct way. Even then. my gauge turned out a bit small, but I'm just doing some math along the way to make sure it turns out well.
In other news, I think I'll try this correctly-knitting-and-blocking-a-swatch thing more often (it happens occasionally, but should happen more), but this means my little pile of swatches in a basket on my desk is going to be growing. Do you have any suggestions for good swatch diaries/notebooks/folders/filing systems?