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~bananaKnits~
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  12:01:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit ~bananaKnits~'s Homepage  Send ~bananaKnits~ a Yahoo! Message Send ~bananaKnits~ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was curious about other knitters habits, which comes first the pattern you want to knit or yarn you fall in love with.

For me both, sometimes I do fall in love with the yarn and just buy it then later on I decide what to make. How do I know how much to get? Well it depends on the yarn, and how expensive it is and what it could become. Then I choose a pattern or often combinations of patterns or even make it up.

Happy Knitting,

ana


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Ditzy Girl
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  12:05:38 PM  Show Profile Send Ditzy Girl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Some times its yarn and some times its the pattern.

Zola, Seattle, Wash.

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gwtreece
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  12:06:11 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Mostly the pattern comes first. But if I see a yarn I can't live without, I will buy it.

Wanda
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LittleMousling
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  12:26:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit LittleMousling's Homepage Send LittleMousling a Private Message  Reply with Quote
"Pattern" is a little strong for my style, but I do both - I'll buy sock yarn just because I see and want it, or specifically order sock yarn because I want socks in that yarn. And sweaters - I'll get a sweater's worth of wool, but sometimes I'll have a design in mind when I choose it.

-Molly, obsessive but not exclusive socknitter
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AngieSue
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  12:50:26 PM  Show Profile Send AngieSue a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I would say both too. I agree with Molly about the sock yarn and the sweater yarn. I've purchased yarn for a sweater when it's been a great price, knowing that I will find a pattern to use it. For lace, I've been more, "ooohh, that's beautiful, must find yarn".

Angie
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hissyknit
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  1:02:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit hissyknit's Homepage Send hissyknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have to say, for me, it's the yarn. There's just something about touching the yarn. The pattern comes later (much later after I'm through imagining what the yarn could be).

Christy B.
"I run with scissors and eat paste."
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Kathleen-NYC
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  1:37:03 PM  Show Profile Send Kathleen-NYC a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Usually the pattern. I see something I "must" have - then comes the yarn hunt.

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AuntyNin
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  1:43:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit AuntyNin's Homepage Send AuntyNin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's about half and half for me. When I go to visit my favorite yarn pusher I always have a list of projects for which I need to buy yarn. But, inevitably, there's something luscious on the shelves that just plain demands to go home with me, even though I have no idea what it'll become.

This may just be the reason I've got enough in stash to keep me busy for the next 30 years or so...


AuntyNin

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gwtreece
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  1:47:59 PM  Show Profile  Send gwtreece a Yahoo! Message Send gwtreece a Private Message  Reply with Quote
AuntyNin, Only 30 years worth of stash. You definitely need some more. hehe

Wanda
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Mama Cat
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  2:17:09 PM  Show Profile Send Mama Cat a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Most decidedly the yarn. I think I did it the other way when I was really just starting with sweaters - I'd know I want to make a sweater, search through the patterns, find one I liked, then pick out the yarn.

But in recent years, it's the yarn that calls my name. I've sometimes had a vague idea that I want to make this-or-that kind of sweater, but by the time the yarn gets knit up my plans have changed.
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Medea
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  4:37:14 PM  Show Profile  Visit Medea's Homepage Send Medea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Usually the pattern for me. If I pick a yarn without a pattern sometimes I have a hard time finding a pattern to go with it. I'm too much of a beginner to improvise easily from the yarn.

Jenny

I'm teaching myself to knit -- dare I call myself an "advanced beginner" now? Pictures are at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsphotos
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kjtendyke
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  4:49:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit kjtendyke's Homepage Send kjtendyke a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The yarn usually comes to me first. I'm one to usually make up my own patterns so when I see a yarn that calls for something to be made, I'll buy what I think will be enough for the design that pops into mind... Then it gets set aside and forgotten about until I finish up whatever it is that I'm currently working on...I try not to buy yarn too often.

~Kristen~ [img]http://kristentendyke.com/images/turtle.gif[/img]

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abt1950
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  5:01:01 PM  Show Profile Send abt1950 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For me, it's both. Sometimes I go in with a pattern in mind and find some yarn for it. Other times, it's the yarn that's calling my name.

Lately I seem to have developed a knack of buying yarn for a specific pattern and discovering once I'm home that I either can't get gauge or I bought the wrong weight for the pattern. So then I scramble either to find a pattern that will work or to rewrite the original pattern.

Anne

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kadiddly
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  5:47:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit kadiddly's Homepage  Send kadiddly a Yahoo! Message Send kadiddly a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Generally, the pattern idea comes and then I hunt for yarn for that pattern. Socks don't count, however. I'll buy sock yarn just because it's pretty and soft and find a pattern for it later, if I use any at all.

"Alright everyone, back to your knitting..."
- Fred or George Weasley, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (movie)
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knittingbaglady
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  7:54:43 PM  Show Profile Send knittingbaglady a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What a great question!!

98% of the time it's the yarn, for me.

Martha.

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cknits
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  8:18:51 PM  Show Profile Send cknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Fun thread to follow! I wonder if our yarn/pattern buying trends reflect our personalities a little?

When I first started knitting, I stashed a lot of yarn without a pattern in mind. Now, it's usually the pattern that inspires me. I have the fun of finding the perfect yarn, and sometimes that can take a long time, but my purchases fit the project. I have bought many skeins of yarn on impulse, thinking that I'd find a project later, but those yarns usually end up in the forgotten stash for various reasons.

I buy beautiful sock yarns whenever I find them, I know that I'll easily find a pattern later.

Carrie
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luv2knit944
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  8:29:12 PM  Show Profile Send luv2knit944 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I guess we all think alike when it comes to yarn and patterns.


Pauline
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stupaj
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  8:50:31 PM  Show Profile Send stupaj a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For me it is 99% of the time, the yarn....then after I have sat with it, sometimes for a couple of years it finally speaks to me..sometimes I "hear" it before I even get home with it..but it is as I said, the yarn first...Color & texture are the most important thing, weight is of little concern, I can always find a project for it. Price? I wish I could say I control myself..but I would be lying..very seldom has the price of a beloved yarn stopped me. I may eat oatmeal for 2 weeks, but I have my yarn! Sick? Perhaps, but who the heck cares?! In this world a fiber addiction is a small thing.

Fiber Freak
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abbierose
Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  8:51:37 PM  Show Profile Send abbierose a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For me it's always the pattern. I'm never looking for yarn without a pattern in mind. The stash I have is all a result of buying yarn for a specific project that didn't work out.

Melissa
Tia Knits
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Atavistic
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  8:58:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I keep a running list of projects I want to design. I generally have a yarn in mind but that usually changes.

I buy yarn first, usually.

When using commercial patterns it's often a case of finding a pattern then digging out a yarn from my stash. (My current in-house stash is down to 17 balls, 3 of which are being used for specific projects. Arg!)

Amanda Takes Off... and
Amanda Knits

Only you can decide how tongue in cheek I am.
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mamid
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Posted - 07/26/2006 :  9:39:33 PM  Show Profile  Send mamid a Yahoo! Message Send mamid a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Which came first the yarn or the pattern is a lot like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg.

IMO, I have no clue!!!

"I want to make X"
and
"oooo purty yarn... what can I make?"

happen all the time for me. DP has given up trying to figure me out.

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