I’ve never knit anything where gauge was really a huge problem, so I’m just curious how many people actually knit, bind off, wash, and block their swatch before measuring for gauge.
I’m a terrible whiner, and that sounds like a lot of work. Plus, I typically want to jump right in on a project, and if I have to wait for a swatch to air dry, that’s a bummer (I know, I know, patience is a virtue, delayed gratification, yadda yadda yadda, all those things I tell my DS).
My only negative gauge experience was my baggy socks, and I hoped they’d shrink when I washed them, but they didn’t. Not a huge problem, because they’re just to wear around the house to keep my feet warm.
So, who washes/blocks/dries and who just swatches and knits? Inquiring minds want to know. It’s kind of like if all my friends jumped off a building I’d probably do it too–just to be cool.