I think it is color and pattern that drives my knitting. I love color, and that makes me buy more yarn than I can possibly knit up (anything familiar there?). But texture and pattern follow closely. I find plain vanilla knitting a little hard to bear. Bo-oring!
On the needles right now are socks that take care of both of those motivators. I am using a soft baby boy blue yarn, Knit Picks Stroll in Wonderland Heather, and a lime green remainder from another project. The blend is luscious. What do you think? The pattern is Broken Seed Stitch by handepande.
By the way, Granddaughter #1 is having two boys in October, and Granddaughter #2 is having a boy and a girl in October. Two sets of twins in the same month!