So I bought this gorgeous alpaca at Rhinebeck 2008, fully intending to make the Highland Lace Triangle Shawl with it. As my experience in lace has grown, I’ve realized that it’s basically another bud lace pattern with a fancy edging. Since I will have already completed the Cambria Wrap and my Swallowtail by the time I work on this, I am going to have to choose a new pattern. I am thinking of either Laminaria or the Aeolian sans beads. I LOVE the edge on the Aeolian, but I wonder how it will look in this heavier yarn.
How do you all choose projects for special yarn? Do you figure out holes in your wardrobe? Is it about learning new knitting techniques? Do you let the yarn inspire you?