i don't like swatching. i do it though. especially if i'm tryint to substitute the particular yarn a pattern calls for. but if i'm using the recommended yarn, i don't swatch. i *do* check gauge religiously within a project, so i guess that kinda saves me. i don't mind frogging however. lol. i started on flame from rowan 31 only because that pretty periwinkle linen drape was calling my name. it is kinda stiff, but from what i read at knitter's review, it will soften up. this is a spring/summer garment, since i'm sick of winter. it would be nice to have this ready for hmmm...let's say memorial weekend??