Sunday, January 25, 2009

Found it

How do you locate a pattern for which you have been searching for hours and ranting about ad naseum? Decide to make a different pattern, of course.

I finally decided that the baby hat patter for which I was searching (see below) was gone for good, probably lost in an organizational purge. I settled for being inspired by one of the other patterns I had found - a wide striped hat with a touch of Fair Isle. After casting on and knitting a couple of inches, I paged through the magazine to find my chosen pattern and there - yes, you can see what's coming - was the pattern for which I had been searching - in the same gosh darned magazine! It's the rastafarian hat, which can, I believe, also be found in Itty Bitty knits - or see it here on site of author Susan B. Anderson.

This event has left me pondering the question - is it better to amass a large stash of yarn you love and search for the perfect pattern or to collect patterns and wait to find the perfect yarn? Please share your thoughts on your subject and pass the question around - I'm curious to hear what other knitters think.

5 comments:

Lisa L said...

I am definitely in the camp of finding lots of patterns and getting the yarn when I decide to knit. I find that I get stressed out by looking at lots of unused yarn in my basket - is that crazy??

Dorothy said...

I'm a pattern, then yarn kind of girl. I'm not very visual, and yarn just doesn't CALL to me, the way it does to some other knitters I know.

Plus, I have a pretty tight yarn budget (that continuing need for diapers, you know), so I hate to use it and then still not have anything to knit!

Holly Jo said...

Yep. Pattern then yarn. EXCEPT sock yarn. Maybe because it is cheaper? I don't know. I have oodles of sock yarn, so I find pattern and then yank from stash.

Never, ever buy a sweaters worth of yarn without a pattern in mind.

Danielle said...

I'd have to say, "Both!" If I find a pattern I absolutely love, I'll buy it, print it, etc. However, the same is true for yarn. Amassing some patterns and yarns is fun, yet I try to keep it down to 2 boxes, so it doesn't get out of hand.

Janice said...

I tend to buy yarn that I love and stash it... And I tend to print off patterns and buy books I love and stash them... I feel most successful, however, when I buy a specific yarn for a specific pattern and actually cast it on; knit it and finish it. But I still continue with my stashing ways...