I loved your post. i too hate swatching. I think that and bust darts (I've never done them) are the biggest obstacles to my knitting a sweater.
With these little scarves and shawlettes I just start knitting and if I don't like the fabric after a while I may change it. Of course, that's still not swatching since I don't block it. Recently I ripped out 3 times to change my needle on an irregular triangle scarf thing. It didn't bother me at all,* instead I just felt like I was learning the very easy leash pattern better. Each to her own brand of lunacy (that's a rough translation of my mother's Yiddish saying that "everyone has their own Mishagos."** One knitter suggested I swatch for project B or C while knitting project A. So that way it spdoesnt feel like I'm waiting for he project to begin. I think it's a great idea, even though I still haven't done it.
- OK, to be completely honest by the 3rd time I was questioning this method. But ran out of yarn before finishing so I still don't know how well it worked out.
**apologies because I don't know how to spell Yiddish words. Truth be told, I don't know how to spell many English ones either, although if you ever see me misspell a word it's due to autoINcorrect.