are you wondering why I was fulling my swatch in the kitchen sink rather than in the washing machine like most knitters? I have recently become the proud owner of a front loading washer. I love this washer, it is marvelous – efficient & quiet, and it looks great! Unlike a top loader you cannot interrupt the washing cycle whenever you want to — this would lead to flooding, mopping and a gnashing of teeth. As my patience came to an end (aren’t knitters supposed to be wonderfully patient people?) and I threw the swatch into the mixer it occurred to me that I will not be able to do this with the entire garment. So I am relegated to the sink, wondering if I should buy a washboard.