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tigersagg
12-18-2008, 03:27 PM
My new knitting habit is going to break the bank, my gosh! :roflhard:

I've only been knitting for a month or so and I have more yarn and needles than I do projects (for now)!

AND I have a "knitting wish list" that I keep adding to every time I stumble on a new pattern that I just have to try...the list is THREE pages long! :rofl:

And now that I'm teaching myself to knit in the round (with your help, thanks!), a whole new world of wonderful, expensive projects has opened up to me! :teehee:

Am I the only one who's going to end up spending hundreds on my new habit?

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep the prices down so my DF doesn't dread taking me to any store that sells knitting supplies? :knitting:

suzeeq
12-18-2008, 03:33 PM
I usually buy my yarn on sale and use coupons from the craft stores, get it at walmart, or find some at the thrift store. I seldom buy at my LYS, but do occasionally purchase from knitpicks, though I'm thinking of buying from elann too. Online stores, sales, coupons... that's one way of keeping costs down.

newknitter23
12-18-2008, 03:46 PM
I initially saved by buying a interchangeable needle set, I have Denise, but there are lots out there to choose from. Its cheaper that way then buying individual sets, and since it seems that you really like knitting and will continue to knit, its a good investment. I also buy yarn on sale, and knitting supplies are on my Christmas list, so hopefully i will get some stuff I need for Christmas.

Sorry I meant to say I bought the Interchangeable about six months after learning to knit, they save money in the long run and are well worth it. I started off with a set here and there, but figured out that adds up rather quickly. And i did not always have the funds for needles for a pattern I wanted to do, so I would have to wait. The interchangeable needles have most the sizes you would need, so thats no longer an issue for me. Hope you find this usefull

Jan in CA
12-18-2008, 03:56 PM
The interchangeables do save money in the long run although they cost more initially.

I don't have unlimited amounts of money either. Other than needles and some notions you can get stuff a little at a time and buy inexpensive yarns for awhile. Some of them are really nice anyway!

teachermom
12-18-2008, 03:56 PM
I think everyone has their 'wish list' :) I think the most expensive part is when you start knitting - there are so many needles, patterns, books, notions, etc.... once you have your stash of yarns, needles, and notions - it isn't so bad. When I started knitting again (I used to use my grandmother's notions, needles and yarn)- I had to build up my needles, notions, and yarns - I actually did it by project. Over time, I have pretty much collected all that I need. Now I ask for different items that I don't have and would like for Christmas and my birthday... it helps to spread out the cost and get something that I would like. My DH finally understands that he can get me a few skeins of expensive yarn for my b-day and I couldn't be happier.


I also started out with the 'cheaper' needles and yarn and then slowly replaced with the needles and yarn that I really wanted.

It takes time... but before you know it you'll have a problem finding room for it all ;)

Quiltlady
12-18-2008, 03:57 PM
The expensive is well worth it. I have a nice stash of yarn. I own the Denise Interchangeable needles and the Knit Picks Harmony ones but I prefer the Denise. I have to admit that an interchangeable set is a MUST for a serious knitter. You'll save money in the long run from buying all the different sizes.

Karina
12-18-2008, 04:01 PM
You are not alone. I have been knitting for years, but only really got into it seriously when I joined this forum. You see all the wonderful projects people are making and you immediately want to go out and buy yarn to start the projects for yourself. When I joined a year ago, I had one carrier bag with yarn for one or two projects. now I have 10 48liter plastic storage boxes full to the limit and a small chest of drawers full of yarn. My new year resolution is definitely knitting from stash only. Well I will try anyway.

tigersagg
12-18-2008, 04:18 PM
Oh my gosh, I had no idea they made interchangable needles!

I NEED those! :lol:

Hmm...Luckily, my DF hasn't finished my Christmas shopping yet! ;)

Thanks, everyone!

Jan in CA
12-18-2008, 04:24 PM
Knitpicks Options!!! I have Denise, but prefer the sleek metal and lovely cables of the Options.

tigersagg
12-18-2008, 04:39 PM
Can someone explain the difference between the Denise and the Knitpicks?

I see that the Knitpicks are more expensive...why?

Thanks!

dustinac
12-18-2008, 04:52 PM
Here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=57276)is a thread that might help answer a lot of your questions :thumbsup:

It really comes down to what you like best...I've tried the boye's, denise's, harmony, and options...I love the option/harmony sets both from Knit picks :happydance:

tigersagg
12-18-2008, 05:35 PM
Thanks for the link!

But now I'm even more confused. LOL

Like someone mentioned, it seems that both sets have their pros and cons.

I do have an 8 month old DD that I knit a lot of clothing for (hats, sweaters, soakers and longies, etc), so I'm thinking it might be best to go with the Denise since they come with the shorter cables?

Or should I go with the KP's and just knit with the longer cable, magic loop for the baby clothes?

Oh, I'm so confused!:think:

RuthieinMaryland
12-18-2008, 05:54 PM
Hi! :waving:

It CAN be overwhelming when you first start out to decide what you need now, what you want now and what can wait. My list of "what can wait" is pretty short and is budget-driven! I fill in at any opportunity!

I can tell you that buying an interchangeable needle set is a great choice. I have the Knit Pick Options and I could not be happier! I LOVE THEM!!! I can knit flat or in the round with them, the cables are awesome - flexible and lovely to work with - and I can add needle tips inexpensively, like when I decided to try knitting socks two at a time on two needles!

Whatever you choose, factor in storage containers and/or cabinets or dressers. Yarn and accessories, I swear, breed like bunnies! :roflhard:

Most importantly, have fun with it! It's an art form to last you a lifetime.

Happy knitting,
Ruthie :knitting:

xmasangel69
12-18-2008, 05:56 PM
It can get pretty expensive. If you go on ebay theres "lots" of knitting stuff for like 20-30 bucks. I recently bought a lot and got like 30 knitting needles, a bunch of stitch holders, 30 crochet needles, and other knitting stuff for like 20 bucks. Also joanns craft store online has really good deals if there isnt a store near you. Walmart is great for budget knitters also. I recently went on a grocery trip and happened to stop by the craft section and they had a bunch of knitting stuff on clearance!! I got 3 different sizes of clover bamboo knitting needles for 1.50 each plus two row counters and a thimble that seperates different colors threads for 50 cents each. AWESOME!! In summary, lol, it is a little expensive but soooooo much fun!!

Yarnvixen
12-18-2008, 05:58 PM
You can find deals on ebay. I just bought 12 pairs of Addi Turbo nickel-plated circular needles for $63.99 including shipping from Hong Kong. In my LYS Addis cost $18.++ a pair. The same ebay seller also sells Noro Kuryeon and Silk Garden Light yarn, 10 balls for $49.99.

I also bought my swift on ebay for $45.00. KnitPicks sells it or about $70.00.

tigersagg
12-18-2008, 06:31 PM
I do often browse eBay, but the problem with that is that, being a new knitter, I have no idea what's a good deal, you know?

I mean, do I need a set of twelve 16" circular needles in sizes 0-10.5? (And that's just one example!) I really have no idea! :lol:

I also look at yarn but again, being a newbie, I have no idea how much I should pay for yarn. I've only shopped at Walmart for the supplies I have so far, so there's no comparison there for me. :(

I'm sure I'll learn as I start to visit some REAL craft stores. :)

Patrick
12-18-2008, 06:37 PM
OMG - Yes! I'm a complete sucker for gorgeous and unique yarns. I'm so bad that if I see a yarn I fall in love with I'll buy it first and then figure out what I'm going to do with it later. I'm also a quilter and have the same problem with fabric. My motivation to keep stitching is watching exquisite colors and patterns come to life at my own hand. I'm an addict and my stash is out of control! :mrgreen:

sorifes
12-18-2008, 06:41 PM
lol I know how you feel I buy what I need to for a project and then I have a stash of yarn. I do yarn recycling if I need wool but if it's acrylic then I'll just buy it cause it's too much work to recycle it lol.

auburnchick
12-18-2008, 09:35 PM
I have to say that I did real good until I went to Las Vegas this past Spring. I had just finished taking my last college exams and, upon discovering two amazing yarn stores in town (I was there for a soccer tournament), I splurged. Totally splurged...spending way, way too much money. But, since I don't have a true yarn store near me, I also justified it that way (in addition to using "It's my graduation present.").

I suggest that if you find yourself gravitating toward more expensive yarn, watch for sales. The online sites have wonderful sales. All you've got to do is keep your eye out for them.

Welcome to this wonderful addiction.

:hug:

Jan in CA
12-19-2008, 12:56 AM
Knitpicks Options are nickel plated steel, Harmony are wood. Both have a smooth, flexible cable that is easy to knit with.

Denise is made of resin and the cable is much thicker and I found that with some yarns it tends to stick. It's flexible, but not nearly as much as the Options. I haven't used mine since I got the Options.

That said it's really personal choice. If you like metal needles then I suggest you give Options a try. You can buy just one set to see if you like them. That's what I did.

tigersagg
12-19-2008, 01:10 AM
I do like the metal needles...Are the options only available online?

I like the idea of just buying one set to try first...but which set should I try? I guess that doesn't really matter, does it?

Also, how do people get around not having a shorter cable (like a 16")?

I mentioned above that I do knit quite a bit for my baby and many patterns call for a 16" cable. I guess I could just use the longest options cable and magic loop anything smaller than the 24"?

suzeeq
12-19-2008, 01:57 AM
The options are only sold by Knitpicks and so only available online. You can get 16" fixed needles from them too, or only get a set or two of tips and a cord set to try them out. The fixed circs still have the nice flexible cord, which is why people love them for ML.

luvmykid28
12-19-2008, 02:06 AM
I do like the metal needles...Are the options only available online?

I like the idea of just buying one set to try first...but which set should I try? I guess that doesn't really matter, does it?

Also, how do people get around not having a shorter cable (like a 16")?

I mentioned above that I do knit quite a bit for my baby and many patterns call for a 16" cable. I guess I could just use the longest options cable and magic loop anything smaller than the 24"?

As far as I know they are only available online. I have the Harmony interchangeables and love them. But I find that I prefer to knit with metal and so I have put the options on my Christmas list. A couple of weeks ago I was out with my knitting group and one of the other girls showed up with her new options and I had a chance to look at them and feel them. OOOh they were nice...:inlove: I knew immediately that I had to have them. They weighed almost nothing and felt soooooooo amazing in my hand. Boy I hope my DH or Mom understand how badly I want them. Also, the inexpensive metal circs that I have purchased at Walmart, Joanns and Michaels don't seem to be very smooth, meaning I feel they drag them and my hands get tired from using them. And the stores never seem to have the size I'm looking for (very annoying).

Regarding the growing stash. I like everyone here has the same problem, but I say whatever!!!:teehee: Knitting is a stress reliever (therapy cost way more), you save on gifts (cause you can make them instead of buying them) and the objects you knit will be heirlooms someday. Who could complain about that? Plus fmy husband spends ALOT more on his hobby (hot rods). I mean way, way, way more. Have fun and I hope you get all the things on your wish list.

Jan in CA
12-19-2008, 02:08 AM
For my 'trial set' I got a set of 7 and 8 and a set of 24 in cables. I loved them and ordered the whole set as soon as I could. I know have double sets of the sizes I use most, multiple cables for 24 and 32, plus several fixed circs for socks and 3 -16 inch circs. It's a sickness I tell you, but I love having them and it's nice to have multiples for those of us who have multiple projects. :teehee:
http://www.knitpicks.com/nickel+plated+knitting+needles_NL300305.html

The only thing I don't have are the DPNs and I won't because I don't like the length choices.

tigersagg
12-19-2008, 02:18 AM
Thanks for all the input, everyone! Looks like I'm adding a small set of Knitpicks to my Christmas list! :)

Abbily
12-19-2008, 12:02 PM
I just wanted to jump in and put in my vote for knitpicks needles! I have the harmony set, plus extra sets of long cables, plus several fixed sock-size circs, and a couple of sets of dpns. All from knitpicks.

As for controlling costs... it's really just a matter of self control. Of which I have NONE. But if you try to buy yarn for specific projects instead of just on a whim (yeah, right!) and then store the yarn with the pattern so you don't forget what your plan was or forget you already have the yarn, that will help a little. :)

Lucy78green
12-19-2008, 12:22 PM
I think I saw online that Addi (http://www.dreamweaveryarns.com/catalog/addi-click-interchangeable-addi-turbo-circular-needle-p-2621.html)were bringing out an interchangeable set too...expensive though! I got the Denise as they were cheaper and they were also available to me as Knitpicks don't ship internationally. Some shops have set up as dealers for them here though. I also bought a lot of stuff on ebay. The best deals are when people are selling joblots of stuff that they obviously have no idea what they are. Usually selling stuff they got from someone else. I saw a lot for a set of needles and a Denise set included that they hadn't described properly in the title, so whoever bought them got a good deal!
I joined ravelry so I can search all the free patterns, also to look for substitutions if the recomended yarn is too expensive or not available to me. I buy acrylic if I'm knitting for young kids so that my friends can machine wash it and don't have to worry about messing it up. I also buy wool/acrylic blends as they are also cheaper but tend to be nicer than pure acrylic. I rarely buy the more expensive yarns unless for a specific project I HAVE to knit.

WandaT
12-19-2008, 04:46 PM
You are not alone. Pretty much all of us here (or any serious knitter) has issues with being in love with yarn and the amount of money we do spend on it (or would like to spend on it). But show me a hobbie that isn't expensive! And you get such wonderful results from the expense of this hobby / addiction. :)

My .02 on the Knitpicks Options or Harmony needles ... LOVE 'em! I use the 40" cable for Magic Loop with my interchangeables - works great!

downthestream
12-19-2008, 05:17 PM
Jan,
What length DPNs do you like? Is there a real difference when you work with them? I usually shy away from them but I can tell there are times that DPNs are more convenient than magic looping. That's my next wishlist item!

Kinnexa
12-21-2008, 01:58 PM
I've been knitting since June and I want to buy everything...even though I really need to practice a lot more first. I'm trying very hard to buy yarn only when I have a project I'm ready to start, or when it's so inexpensive (and something I can see myself using in the near future) that I just can't pass it up. If I need a "fix" I sometimes window-shop on eBay or my favorite online yarn shops, but log off and think at least twice "Do I really need this now?"...and maybe pay some bills first...

I like to haunt Goodwill and Dollar Tree for the occasional good buy; I never know what I'll find. I got my Addis on eBay, plus links to a couple of discount yarn stores. Luckily there's no decent LYS in my neck of the woods! I have a rather large binder of patterns I *have* to make someday; I photocopied most of them from books I got at the library. AND I remind myself that all this shopping leaves me less time for knitting with all the stuff I already have!

Good luck. And hey, there are worse addictions. :)

rachael72knitter
12-21-2008, 03:19 PM
I would suggest you stop spending money. Sounds like you have enough to do some projects for a while. You could stop buying yarn and start doing stash buster pattern/projects only.

Jan in CA
12-21-2008, 03:30 PM
Jan,
What length DPNs do you like? Is there a real difference when you work with them? I usually shy away from them but I can tell there are times that DPNs are more convenient than magic looping. That's my next wishlist item!

IF I'm going to use DPNs - for socks I like 5 inch, but the top of hats probably 6. KP does have 6, but only in the smaller sizes. I use the bigger sizes for hats so I'd need to use 8! I feel like the needles are just too unwieldy when their two long.. porcupine like! :teehee:

I mostly use the 2 circ method anyway though which I prefer to ML btw. ;)

mare-nitt
12-21-2008, 04:20 PM
As a beginner knitter, I can tell you I have lots of yarn in my stash already. How can you not fall in love with yarn and the possibilities! I have a wall of shelves in my sewing room, half the wall is storage containers of fabric (I am also a quilter) and the other half is storage containers of yarn.
Probably more stash then I will ever use. And the odd thing is, I find myself wanting to buy more, because it is all different, and prettier.
But in 2009 I will attempt to use my stash whenever possible, I have already started to do it a little.
The bad part about buying yarn or fabric is, I think later on, you may change your mind about a project and have to find some other use for the stash item. But it is hard to buy for just your present project. I think we all like to dream of the next project before we are ready.
Welcome to knitting.

Crycket
12-21-2008, 09:25 PM
Any hobby has its initial set up costs. It is really up to you how you decide to do it.

I took a while to find what I liked, and then invested in what I liked. I went cheap at first, but have since replaced it with stuff that I like. But now that I have a lot of the supplies...I don't have to invest so much in notions and needles...it is mostly just the yarn now!

TEMA
12-21-2008, 11:49 PM
I'm not sure that this will help you but I like to buy some yarn at a secondhand store. Most of them have some yarn on hand... great for hats and scarfs or any small thing to be knit. Of course you have to be careful... sniff the yarn, test it with your fingers... that sort of thing... but yarn can be bot there for about a dollar a ball and sometimes it's even real wool!
Not that I'd use this method for buying sweater yarn... You just can't get enough of the same colour, altho it has been known to happen... ;)
TEMA:knitting:

meg
12-22-2008, 12:03 AM
sounds like you have officially become a knitter befor eyou were "prepared"! hehe - stashes arent an addiction, they are works of art that inspire!

ClaireGrandmaMaria
12-22-2008, 12:24 PM
Knitpicks Options are nickel plated steel, Harmony are wood. Both have a smooth, flexible cable that is easy to knit with.

Denise is made of resin and the cable is much thicker and I found that with some yarns it tends to stick. It's flexible, but not nearly as much as the Options. I haven't used mine since I got the Options.

That said it's really personal choice. If you like metal needles then I suggest you give Options a try. You can buy just one set to see if you like them. That's what I did.


Jan,

I have the harmoney needles and just love them...I was thinking of getting the option nickle plate too...my question is can the option tip be use on the Harmoney interchangable cables?...if so then I can just get a few different sizes to start out with...It seems that the size 8 and 10 seems to be the size that most pattern use for a project. Please pm me. Maria

suzeeq
12-22-2008, 12:49 PM
They're designed to switch between sets Maria.

kellee0302
12-22-2008, 01:03 PM
I shop on ebay, I purchased 87 pairs of knitting needles along with some notions and such for $15.00. I was so happy with my purchase. But I do buy on line, http://www.knitting-warehouse.com/company.html, here, the yarn seems to be some what cheaper. And every once in a while at the LYS, it's new to my area and small so not everything I want is there. I let my DH know what things I want so when Xmas and my birthday come along he'll know what to get me. Last year for my birthday I got a set of knitting needles from Signature that I had been eyeing. Hope he's been listening to me with I want..... since Xmas is just around the corner.