DD is hard at work on the asphalt--band camp doesn't stop for hot summer temperatures. I dropped by the school parking lot today to watch the band for a while, and I heard some interesting things from the band director. Besides, "if you're talking, you're not listening to me," I heard something else that stuck. "Practice it like you're going to perform it."
A few days ago, on the tennis court, I heard pretty much the same thing from our instructor. "Why are you warming up flatfooted? You aren't going to play that way." (She's obviously not seen me play a match.)
Since all roads lead to knitting, at least on my map, it got me to thinking. Why would I swatch in rows when the intended project is knit in the round? Why would I swatch with bamboo dpns when I plan to knit the garment on metal circulars? Swatch it the way you'll knit it; otherwise, as someone said, swatches lie.