Soaking your swatch in room temperature water with a dash of Bath Fiber Wash will allow the yarn to relax and give you a better idea of what your finished garment will look like. Some yarns bloom in a bath and show us their full potential. Once you have soaked your swatch, gently remove it from the bath, squeeze (do not wring) your swatch and roll it in a towel. Press the water out of it, then lay it flat to dry. Wait to measure your swatch until it's completely dry and has been unpinned from your blocking mats.