Answering the Challenge-
from Premier yarns , I know i'll make this baby afghan, it uses their Big Ball, a really nice quality yarn, comes in a pound skein .. makes a nice $10 baby gift... Probably will put in a big yarn order with them right after the New Year.
Cabled slipper socks.... will make soon, it's cold feet season! I'll use some yarn i have here in the stash, probably Premiers Ever Soft ... I love this yarn, nice and soft, but thick and the price is right, too... best inexpensive yarn there is, I think.
I might give this chunky basket a go, making a couple or 5 in different colors, I've had my eye on this pattern for 6 months and have had the yarns for at least twice as long... using up some old stash that is too coarse to do anything else with, or some old Red Heart I have here,
This Doggie coat looks good, and I need to start this in the next few days. I have DeborahNorville's yarn here already and in red... perfect!
That's just a quick glance at the Premier patterns, I always check there first, then poke around Lion brand next... I know I'll be making 5 afghans this year and at least 10 hats, a couple of sweaters or vests, some mittens, some scarves, some baby things, also some knit socks and mittens, too. and a bunch of doilies,,, I may use 10 of their over 200 crochet patterns.
I make whatever I decide to start that morning... if I have the yarn, fine, If I don't I may order it or put it off til I have a good sized yarn order. I usually do a pretty big yarn order every other month to get the afghan/sweater yarns I need and then just get some odds and ends to add to the stash. I always get a couple of Big Balls in basic colors to have on hand for adding stripes, or trim or making a few smaller projects,, just so handy to have and it's a nicer quality than some of the pound skeins.
I'm a pattern collector.. I've got 40 years of patterns and books here... Seems I go back to the old stand-bys, tho, when it comes down to actually picking up the hook and yarn, I know the sweater patterns that work for me, and the hats and mittens I can do with just a glance at the pattern because I've made so many of them. I usually only look for a pattern if It's for something I haven't made in a while or I want to try something new.. I'm a firm believer is staying with the old tried and true patterns, that I know will work without driving me crazy. If I can't easily figure it out, I'll just drop it and find another pattern that works,... it amazes me how I see people struggle with the first few rows of a poorly written pattern when there are so many available.
Just a note- Stitches East was just a half hour away and the previous weekend was the New England Fiber Festival, about 5 minutes from my house. I considered going to each of them, especially seeing how people were traveling from all over the country to get here. I could have put on my knitter's hat and wandered thru, but I'm now only a sock and mitten knitter, everything else I crochet. I still don't like the way we crocheters are treated at yarn stores, and I have tossed my sock yarn selections back on their counter after hearing their snide remarks when choosing yarn for a crocheted vest or sweater... I can get all the help I need to pick out a single ball of sock yarn, but as soon as I mention I need 10 skeins to *crochet* a vest, everything changes... Oh well, thankfully I can buy all the yarn I want online. They don't seem to care if I use a hook or 2 needles, my money is still green to them.