Selecting yarn and needles for projects
I finally decided to make a scarf so I went to Michael's last night with my 50% coupon. After looking at just about every ball of yarn in the store (and there were many), I left empty-handed. I was trying to select a yarn to use but I had no particular project in mind, other than a scarf, and without a pattern, I didn't know how much to buy, or what size needles I'd need.
Suppose I am on vacation and visit a shop that sells some great yarn but I have no idea how much to buy for a scarf. Is there a rule of thumb for determining the amount of yarn to buy for a certain type of project (scarf, woman's sweater, baby blanket, etc.)? Does that come with experience? I just thought I'd be whimsical and pick something but I became overloaded with all the choices!
How do you approach this? Do you find a pattern then buy the yarn according to the directions, or do you buy a yarn you like and look for a pattern suitable for it?