What’s the starting point for you? The pattern or the wool?
Although I often wish it were otherwise, for me it seems to be the pattern that starts the (wool) ball rolling.
I often have a picture in my mind of what I’d like to make, and then I set about finding wool and needles to make it. It might be that I want to knit a specific gift, or I hanker after a new cardigan for the spring … Consciously or not, the shape, design or function is often where I start.
I’ve realised that the yarn that has been randomly purchased over the years, beautiful though it is, tends to be neglected, waiting patiently for the ‘right’ project. There’s a part of me that doesn’t want to ‘waste’ that special skein on an ‘it’ll do’ pattern. And what if I don’t have enough to finish what I’m making? I’ll have wasted the whole thing then. At least, that’s what my inner voice tells me.
So now I want to challenge that caution, that voice. It has served me well, and will continue to guide me, but I’ve decided that my next project will start with the wool. I’m off to retrieve a neglected skein from my stash. I will let the wool suggest its destination to me … And I can’t wait to see where we go!
So how about you? What’s your starting point and why?
Thanks for sharing!