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Monday, January 11, 2010

When I Grow Up I'm Gonna....

yarn cakesWhen I grow up, I'm gonna be? What? This yummy, super soft baby alpaca yarn is waiting to be something. My daughter selected this when we had a yarn shopping day. She loves green and purple. Most of her clothes are green and purple. Her room where she's living will be green and purple (still hasn't technically moved in).

This yarn is too pricey to buy much of it, so one skein of each limits what it came become. She asked for a scarf and while she knits herself; she wanted something beyond her current knitting skills. So, it's not really a question of what it will become; but the details of what type of scarf. So, when you shop for yarn, do you know ahead what you're going to make? Or do you buy colors, textures you like and figure it out later?

She asked for stripes, so currently I'm thinking about whether or not I want each color to have it's own texture, or maybe only one color have a pattern/texture with stitches in contrast to a plain 2nd color....Thoughts? I don't think I want both stripes be the same stitch?

10 comments:

  1. I often shop at WEBS for my yarn as they have a 25% discount if you buy $125 worth of yarn so my daughter and I combine (and sometimes a friend) our purchases. They have so many display items that I usually walk out with a pattern and yarn but the pattern came firs.

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  2. I usually have an idean in mind what I want to make, and then purchase the yarn. I have favorites and new yarn often resembles the little leftovers I used before... The thread crochet I usually buy the largest one, I like ecru/white and have other smaller in various colors. But for my doilies white/ecru.

    Too much info no? :)

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  3. Not too much info Faith, I find it interesting how we all go about this. I tend to see the yarn, the color and think...hum, that would make a nice...ghan, hat, scarf aknd buy what I think is an average amount. I rarely actually know what I'm making when I buy the yarn and often after I buy it thinking in one direction or another; I totally change my mind. Sometimes, based on what charity I'm knitting or crocheting for and what's needed.

    Wish we had a WEBS yarn around here, then again maybe it's good we don't...I might really loose control on buying yarn. lol Nice you have people to combine your trips with Joansie. Typically I'm solo.

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  4. I buy yarn and then figure out what to make with it and then I also buy for a certain pattern. That's probably why I have too much on hand, but you know there are times when you are finished with a project and you want to start something right away - so it is good to have a supply on hand :)

    The green and purple are pretty together....what about garter stitch stripes?

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  5. I like the idea of a different stitch for the different colors, but the right texture would look good for both. I like lots of texture. I'm reteaching myself to knit and crochet, so recently bought lots of yarn. Most already had a project in mind, but there was one I just loved. I'll figure out what to make with it later. Perhaps a hat.

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  6. Sandy, what a great blog. Don't have time to work on mine tonight, but thought I would stop by.I see the yarn, print out 25 different patterns, then go for it! Many mishaps later, my hats are starting to look like hats, not the Cone Heads.
    Alma

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  7. OOOHHH I love that yarn!! I would have picked those two colors also. When I buy yarn, I pick the colors and textures almost exclusively and then try and figure out what to make with it. However I recently found a new pattern that I'd love to try so Just this one I'm going to be buying specifically for that pattern.

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  8. I buy yarn hoping that I can make it into something. Very rarely does that happen. I am not a very good knitter. I can't purl. It just doesn't work for me. So I am trying my hand at crocheting.
    How about a scarf that is made with cable stitches.
    I hope you post the final item so that we all can oh and aw.

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  9. HI SANDY,
    YEARS AGO I DID MORE CROCHETING WITH A PATTERN. TODAY, I MOSTLY CROCHET AFGHANS, THE GRANNY STITCH. I JUST BOUGHT A BOOK WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT CROCHET STITCHES, I THINK I WILL TRY THEM. I ALSO HAVE A FEW AFGHAN BOOKS.
    TAKE CARE, RIZZI

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  10. Hi Sandy

    I love the yarn and the colours - it looks nice and soft. Sometimes I select a pattern first and then go shopping for the yarn to match it. Other times I see some lovely yarn that I can't resist buying but don't know what I'll make with it. The risk then is that I don't buy enough to make what I end up making (although I have sometimes added white stripes to make the other colour of yarn go further!).

    It's a good idea to make a scarf with a different pattern/texture for each coloured stripe. I've never done that myself, so I'd be interested to see how it turns out!

    Best wishes,

    Roz

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