Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Knitting Process
Isn't it nice to have a sunny mossy photo to look at? Today it's dreary and drippy, gone is that lovely sunshine that hinted at spring. I think we are heading back to cooler weather, that is find with me.
I thought I'd share the process of how I choose my projects. Since I've started knitting I've been the kind of person who is influenced by the yarn first. Walking through yarn stores, I am mainly motivated by the color and the fiber. Well I am partial to thin yarn as well. I will walk through a yarn store and just soak in the displays of yarns, once, twice, three times around. I try to get an understanding of how the shop is set up. I love stores that sort yarn by brand or by weight including the yardage is helpful as well.
Once I've fallen in love with some yarn (and that does happen!) then I'll think about what I would do with it. Scarf? Shawl? Sweater? Socks? Mitts? or a Hat? I usually knit those items the most. Price is factored in because I dislike knitting $200 sweaters, it hasn't happened yet. I can justify up to $80 because whatever I knit for myself in a sweater lasts forever and tends to be timeless. Quality yarn is what makes a sweater durable.
So I guess you're wondering how I know how much to buy! Well for a sweater I will purchase about 1200 yards more if the sweater is long and with cables. 1400 yards gives me wiggle room and more than likely a left over skein. If I'm making socks I like 400 yards. For a shawl....well now that can be wide open in the yardage-most of the shawls that I wear frequently are 400-800 yards in fingering or lace weight yarn. If I buy 200 yards I'm probably making a hat or mitts with a yarn that I'm trying out for the first time.
I have a soft spot for the unwanted skeins in the clearance section. If it's a brand I like I will adopt it willingly to give that unwanted skein a home where it will be loved :) I usually haven't a clue what I'll make with it.
Once I'm home with my lovely purchases, I will browse Ravelry to find what I want to make. Sometimes I am immediately inspired to cast on and sometimes my purchases end up in my stash patiently waiting for inspiration. I like my yarns-in-waiting, saves me many spontaneous trips to yarn stores when I want a project.
How do you go about selecting a knitting project? Are you inspired by a pattern? Yarn? Sample in a store? I'd love to know:)