I'm four swatches into Level I of the KGA's Masters Program and I thinking that only two of them are any good. I've always considered myself a neat knitter, but this program is forcing me to scrutinize my knitting with the most critical eye.
Along with swatches, you have to answer questions and do research. The first question has to do with how stitch patterns effect gauge, so I knit the swatches that I need to answer this question. Here they are, getting a gentle blocking:
The stockinette must be blocked so it doesn't roll, but the swatches mustn't be over stretched.
Problem one, the garter stitch in the upper left corner has an ugly gap. That's the spot where I dropped a stitch. I ripped and reknit, but you can see the tension has changed there. Problem two is my stockinette. It seems fine on the front, but here's the back with the gentle morning sun shining behind it: