Which came first the yarn or the project?

After finishing Charlott’s Daughter’s Shawl, Joy, I am really interested in knitting another lace shawl. I’ve been taking a lot of time with this choice. It’s very serious. I did targeted searches on Ravelry, went through all my collected patterns, and had a discussion with Danni(our resident lace expert). The three yarns in the running are…

.Superior, a sport weight yarn that is a cashmere-silk blend.
Serenknitty, a fingering weight merino-seacell blend.

and Lobster Pot Cashmere laceweight yarn.

These are the patterns in the running:
1. Swallowtail shawl by Evelyn Clark in Lobster pot laceweight.
2. Haruni by Emily Ross in Superior,
3. Flared Lace Smoke Ring by Jackie Erickson-Schweitzer. Ok, so this one is a neckwarmer but I’ve had the pattern for several years.

Then there are two more patterns that I want to look at, one is Traveling Woman from The other is Fallen Leaf Frilled Triangular Scarflette from cottondream’s etsy shop.

They are all beautiful in they’re own right. Do I let the pattern choose the yarn or the yarn dictate the pattern?

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