Trying to decide what to knit these days usually involves trying to figure what yarn I have in my sizable stash. I've been collecting yarn for years, and I own sheep and slowly spin their gorgeous fleeces into yarn, so I have a lot to work with. Every once in a while though, I find a pattern that has to be made immediately and I have to buy the yarn to do so.
Here are two projects, one currently on the needles and one finished and warming my MiMBY Girl's head. First, the Lucy Hat:
The second project has a more convoluted history. It began with a Pinterest picture.
A beautiful dress the model made, presumably during those interminable photo shoots, out of Noro yarn. No details anywhere about the pattern, so I filed it away as a someday project. Then one day I stumbled upon this pattern from Jo Sharp, an Australian designer whose patterns I have knit before. Suddenly, I have something to work from and an idea of how much yarn I'll need.
I find myself looking for quantities of Noro Silk Garden, which isn't a perfect match guage-wise, but I'm willing to play a little to make it work. I've got about 4 inches knit in the round, so the striping works out, and I've added a false seam on the sides. I'll post a picture when the light is better since it's black, gray, green and blue stripes.
And that is how I decide on a pattern.