I have never been much of a swatch-maker. If I start knitting something and don't like it, I rip it out. I don't keep records of my spun yarn. I don't try to figure out twists per inch - I just decide if I like it or not.
This habit (or non-habit) is not going to serve me very well as a weaver. Could it be that a reformed attitude is in order?
Although I am getting much faster at warping my loom, it is still time-consuming. Once the loom is set up, I want to weave. If after an inch of weaving I decide I don't like what I'm seeing, I am in trouble. It is no easy task to "rip out" a warp and start over!
So, I am sampling. Check out these two samples/practice mats. I used the same three colors in each of the projects. In the runner I used hot pink for the weft. In the place mats I used bright turquoise. What a difference. (I also made fewer mistakes in the placemats - learning curve!)
For plain weave items I can sample on my Cricket loom (another good reason to have one) but for bigger, more complicated projects I'll have to sample on the big loom. Can do. Can do! I can see that in the long run it is going to be worth it. I am going to reform. At least as a weaver!