I have all this yarn and a cupboard full of patterns, and I can not find anything to go together. I have been collecting patterns since the 1970's, so you would think between what I have and what's on the internet, I should be able to find a pattern to go with my yarn. I'll even pay for patterns if I find what I want! But it seems most sweaters are still designed for ww yarn. I personally don't like the look and feel of ww in crochet for sweaters, and I live in CA, so I don't need all the bulky warmth. I want something pretty that doesn't add to the Pillsbury Dough Boy shape I already have.
Case in point: I have 10 hanks of fw baby alpaca/silk (pistachio green) that I bought a couple of years ago with the idea of making myself a sweater from it. In total, there is almost 2200 yds, which sounds like a lot of yarn until you realize that I have a bustline to rival Dolly Parton. Wish my waist were a little closer to hers. Anyway, I digress. I spent an entire evening looking for a pattern that I could use. I can't find one! So I guess I'll have to design my own, but I really wanted something that I could just make in time to wear to Stitches West next month.
I was given a basket full of baby yarn for Project Linus blankies, but the color combos are erratic, at best. Could not find a pattern to work with the yarn on hand, so got out my handy book Crochet 101 Stitches for Afghans by Jean Leinhauser. Coming together quite nicely. A few more days and I'll be reaching for 50 Crocheted Afghan Borders, also by Jean. And a few days after that, you can check my Ravelry page for a new pattern.