PDA

View Full Version : Expensive yarn that you have to have...


globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 10:07 AM
Obviously I've got the bug really really badly. I can't believe I just did this, but I bought what seems to be the only large lot left in the UK of Louisa Harding Thalia skeins in #8 -- Beauty, which is a mix of gold, plum, pink and tan, with an overall impression of pink. Its a ribbon yarn, and it's really beautiful (https://www.colorful-stitches.com/store/DisplayProduct.php?name=Thalia&sku=Thalia) -- and it's the yarn called for in Kristeen Griffin-Grimes new book, French Girl Knits, in the lace tunic Louisa. I love the pattern, but I specifically fell in love with the yarn.

I agonized for about two hours over whether to buy it or not! I'm don't even know if I'm a good enough knitter to make the tunic yet! i have five jillion needle sets arriving in the mail soon, and I'll still need another one to make this project! And I'll have to figure out how to store it until I decide to try making it! And the finished tunic itself might not even fit in my luggage! LOL!

PLEASE tell me I'm not the only one who's bought yarn way more expensive than I can actually afford at the moment for a project that I don't know when I'll be good enough at knitting to make... :shock:

knitpurlgurl
01-20-2009, 10:40 AM
I'm a sucker for Malabrigo sock yarn ($18-$20/hank), Alpaca Sox($20/hank), Be Sweet Magic Ball ($30/hank), Shibuiknits Sock ($10/hank), and Tofutsies Sock Yarn ($16/skein). If I had unlimited funds, I'd be buying scores of these yarns. Instead, I buy when on sale and save for a special project. Right now, I use alot of Cascade & KnitPicks yarns.

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 11:03 AM
I'm quite pleasantly surprised at the price you can get nice wool yarns and superwash wool yarns at these days. The Cascade 220 and The Heathers I worked with for the USO hats were suprisingly nice, and I understand that Emu's Superwash is even less expensive and well worth trying out. I still need to get down to I Knit in Waterloo and check that out...although at this point, where I'll put more yarn in my luggage is a complete mystery to me...

TrishL1975
01-20-2009, 11:13 AM
Oh no, you're not the only one. I just ordered two lots of handpaintedyarn.com's Merino Bulky for this (http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall07/PATTcherieamour.html) and another sweater to be named later. Right now I'm blessing the fact that I can fit into a medium 95% of the time, and a small the other 5%.

I'm drooling over other very very expensive yarns as well. Bad, bad, bad Trish!

However, my experiences with needles (from crap to Options) and 100% Acrylic yarn (Lion Brand, I'm looking at you) have show that - for me - it is *worth* using the good stuff. I enjoy the process so much more, and I'm less likely to get UFOs.

RuthieinMaryland
01-20-2009, 11:32 AM
Hi, Zina! :waving:

When I first started painting, 'lo these many years ago, I had the idea that I'd get cheap brushes and cheaper quality paints until I "learned" to paint.

Although it might seem counter-intuitive to start with the good stuff when you're just learning, that's really the only way to go. At least from my perspective of many years creating art of one type or another.

Once I "splurged" and bought some really good quality oil paints and a few awesome brushes, I found that I learned so much more and got such better results with the quality materials that buying the cheapie stuff was the real waste!

If you want to practice a stitch pattern or explore a new technique you're unfamiliar with, by all means use a less expensive yarn (but use your good needles!). Then, when you feel a bit more confident of the pattern or technique and the serious knitting starts, just go for the gusto!

Always start with the best materials you can afford. The yarn you mentioned just looks like something that'll fill your senses and strike creative sparks throughout the project! Glad you went for it!

Happy knitting,

Ruthie :knitting:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 11:55 AM
Oh, thank you thank you, ladies...I was starting to think perhaps I'd lost my mind to knitting. :mrgreen:

Ruthie: I'm a terrible snob about fibres and tools, I'm afraid. I've been sewing and crocheting since I was six (my mother claims it was 4), I'm a theatrical costume designer, I've taught machine embroidery software classes, I make beaded jewelry, etc., and in all of them, I've noticed exactly what you've said: no good comes of using poor quality tools, no matter how much of a beginner you are. I also play the violin (I play Irish traditional music), and, let me assure you, giving someone a cheapo violin-shaped-object is only inviting pain for the player and the listener! :)

I've been so good up to now, though...using much cheaper versions of yarns I liked, etc. I tried to resist this one too, but I just couldn't!

blueygh2
01-20-2009, 01:06 PM
Oh I bought an insane amount of malabrigo, after agonizing over it (I'm one who likes to think through and not just buy intuitively) but for this yarn, it felt so right,... And I couldn't decide on a color, so I just bought a lot. (For about $100 if I remember correctly)

Then, I bought a cone of artfibers tsuki, I just had to... ($33 for 100 g)

And lately I had been drinking a lot of tea and noticed that I didn't have much green tea, (I have a large collection of tea), so I just went online and spent $70 on tea and $30 on shipping.

GinnyG
01-20-2009, 01:15 PM
:whistle: SCHAEFER!!!!

ANY SCHAEFER YARN!

I have scads of schaefer with no pattern in mind. I just like to look at it, touch and smell it.

SCHAEFER!!!!

DQ
01-20-2009, 01:32 PM
I got some Noro Cashmere Island which is the most expensive yarn I have bought so far and I am still trying to work up the courage to knit it! I've decided it's best to wait for now until I've lost a little weight...plus I did buy it with birthday money though which makes me feel a little better about waiting. :shifty:

auburnchick
01-20-2009, 01:42 PM
After I graduated from college last summer, I splurged on a skein of Tilli Tomas silk yarn with beads. I had seen it and had my eye on it. After walking across the stage and not falling down, I believed I had earned the right to own that yarn. :teehee:

Luvmyrottnboy
01-20-2009, 01:50 PM
My splurge was a sweaters worth of Artyarns Regal Silk...haven't knitted it yet though.

And 2 sweaters worth of Noro Transitions. I made one Transitions sweater last year and it is beautiful and so warm. LOVE it! Worth every penny.

I did get the Transitions on sale though! Littleknits.

RuthieinMaryland
01-20-2009, 02:16 PM
:whistle: SCHAEFER!!!!

ANY SCHAEFER YARN!

I have scads of schaefer with no pattern in mind. I just like to look at it, touch and smell it.

SCHAEFER!!!!


Hi, Ginny! :waving:

I just hopped over to Schaefer yarn and my heart all but stopped!

All I could think was "gimmee, gimmee, gimmee"! :roflhard: One of each, two of some, and many of others!!!

Of course it's just what I need - yet another incredible yarn to add to my stash. Well, I do have a birthday coming up in April....Nah! That's too far away!

Gotta go make some space in my yarn cupboard!

Happy Knitting,

Ruthie :knitting:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 02:35 PM
Oh, no no no no no, girls, please no! Not more yarns that I just HAVE TO HAVE!!!! :noway: :pout: LOL!

Must be good...must be good...must be good...

I really have to go look at these yarns now, don't I? :teehee:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 03:12 PM
Oof. Must not do that again, or I will spend all the money in my savings account. :)

RuthieinMaryland
01-20-2009, 03:43 PM
Oof. Must not do that again, or I will spend all the money in my savings account. :)

Hi, Zina! :waving:

Consider the yarn you buy as "breeding stock". ;)

I swear yarn breeds. Every time I open my yarn cupboard (or open the lid of my yarn chest) I'm more convinced than ever!

Of course the breeding potential of yarn varies according to the type of yarn, but at night while you're sleeping they're all partying!

I know this is true because I've found yarn in my stash that I had no recollection of buying, in colors I didn't think I'd ever choose, which is evidence of "cross breeding". The olive merino MUST have gone to the prom with the navy alpaca! Nothing else can explain it!

So when you put your new purchases away, you might want to give some thought to what you store them next to.

Good luck with it! And do let us know what you decide to spend your savings on!!!

Happy knitting (and collecting!)

Ruthie :knitting:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 04:25 PM
I don't have room in luggage for them to breed! i will have to spray or set traps or something. :)

evona
01-20-2009, 04:26 PM
Oh glabaltraveler you are definitely not alone. Just yesterday my BF and I went to Thousand Oaks (A town near where I live). He had an interview and I told him I would walk around and meet him at a nearby deli. So I started walking when what to my wondering eye did appear but a LYS!!!! So of course I had to go in - just to look - and wound w/ a skein of Jo Sharp alpaca kid lustre and an $18 skein of Noro Taiyo - just to try it :teehee:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 04:52 PM
Well, how do you know what you might want to use it on if you don't ever swatch it ahead of time?!

That's my excuse, anyway, and I'm sticking by it!

I used to live in the SFV (in Reseda), way back when, for about 4 years. I sure don't miss the Santa Ana winds, and I don't miss those days when the smog was so bad that you couldn't see the hills around the Valley!

evona
01-20-2009, 05:27 PM
I used to live in the SFV (in Reseda), way back when, for about 4 years. I sure don't miss the Santa Ana winds, and I don't miss those days when the smog was so bad that you couldn't see the hills around the Valley!

Oh - I hate those winds! Santa Ana winds = fire!! We had 2 big ones coming at each other last year and then a couple of weeks later the Santa Ana's picked back up and there was another one to eat the fuel the other 2 big ones left behind. It was awful!!!!! But I digress, this thread IS about expensive yarn obsessions after all :teehee:

I agree! I've been wanting to try Noro forever and never get any. When I walked into that store and saw that they were putting away their brand new shipment there was just no stopping me, but I was good - I only bought one skein to see how much I like it first :wink:

TrishL1975
01-20-2009, 05:27 PM
Yeah, my yarn just bred again......

I take back what I said about 100% acrylic. It's the cheap stuff that's so harsh on my hands that I don't like. I'm reserving judgement on this Red Heart Soft Yarn. I decided I didn't much like the feel of the baby blanket I *FINISHED* today, and decided to look at acrylics for the baby cardi (http://knittingpureandsimple.com/baby_sweater_for_site_2.pdf) that MissMolly linked in another thread. What? I can learn sweaters that way without killing my hand painted merino!

I also picked up some light worsted wool (JoAnn's brand - Sensations) for socks for my mom, and some varigated bamboo that I think will work for same, maybe for my sister - it was $2!

Oh, and some gray merino (Caron's Classic Wool) for a cabled sweater for me.

The baby is getting sweatshirt gray - Mom doesn't know what she's having, and since we're all in the Army, a gray hooded cardi probably fits their style. But the blanket is white trimmed with a green ribbon for Michigan State - her husband is a fanatical alum.

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 05:51 PM
I was good - I only bought one skein to see how much I like it first

And it's lovely to feel both luxuriously naughty AND thriftily virtuous at the same time! ;) "I didn't want to buy a full sweater's worth when i don't even know how it works up or whether I like to wear it or not..."

Trish, I do quite like the Cascade 220s, especially the heathers (http://www.loopshop.gb.com/product/2883/Cascade_220_Heathers) -- nice colors, and 220 yards on each skein, at 6.49. And the Emu Superwash (http://www.ekmpowershop9.com/ekmps/shops/iknitlondon/emu-superwash-323-c.asp) is a nice buy as well at 2.70 for 130 yards. I used the Cascade yarns to make helmet liners for the USO drive in Denver this weekend -- hope mine make it in time, I sent them in yesterday. The workhorses are grand.

Its just that everyone, I can't help feeling, should have the opp to totally go luxe at least a few times in their lives, and why not over yarn? :)

RuthieinMaryland
01-20-2009, 05:58 PM
I don't have room in luggage for them to breed! i will have to spray or set traps or something. :)

Hi!

Good luck with the spray and traps, but I don't know if they'll do you any good. These critters are fast, sneaky and highly motivated. Before you know it you've got lots of little skeinlings hopping around! :roflhard:

My big future splurge will be cashmere for socks for my three step-sons. I'm hoping that by stretching my budget to cover two skeins (at $40+ a skein) that they'll take the hint and breed the rest! :thumbsup: The hard part, of course, is making sure you get a male and female hank of yarn.

Since I've never worked with cashmere before, especially for socks, if anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it.

Thanks and good luck with the traps!

Ruthie :knitting:

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 05:59 PM
Seen this website (http://www.colourmart.com/), Ruthie? I intend to become a big consumer of their products... :)

ArtLady1981
01-20-2009, 06:01 PM
You are not alone. You are in the company of many yarnoholics! :happydance:

RuthieinMaryland
01-20-2009, 06:09 PM
Seen this website (http://www.colourmart.com/), Ruthie? I intend to become a big consumer of their products... :)

Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard!!!:woot:

This in INCREDIBLE! Zina, you've made my week! :notworthy:

I've got to go back and spend more time on this site, but I was on a sensory overload and had to just stop! You can bet I bookmarked it faster than anything I ever bookmarked before!

So I went on and hid my credit card from myself while visions of all those incredible cashmere colors are dancing through my head! And the prices.....sigh! I'm a happy camper!

Thanks so much for helping me to further my addiction in a budget conscious way! :hug:

Ruthie

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 06:34 PM
The incredible thing about that website is that you can get them to put together your own blends of different fibers, colors, etc., too. I can hardly wait to get good enough to warrant buying from them!

My partner is originally from Yorkshire. He thinks it's hilarious I'm willing to spend so much on wools. Where he grew up, it wasn't uncommon for someone on the street to get heckled if they were wearing shoddy fibres in their clothing!

jill65
01-20-2009, 06:42 PM
The most expensive I have used is Sock-Ease by Lionbrnad but it is the best sock yarn I have ever worked with.

sorifes
01-20-2009, 06:46 PM
I don't spend more then 7 bucks on a skein of yarn. Im pretty cheap. However I've looked at this a lot

http://www.uaf.edu/lars/qiviut.html#Products

It's so nice and pretty but OMG 80 bucks for a hank and 50 bucks for an once of roving? :thud: I've touched a lot of it knitted and in the skiens but that's waaaaaay to much for me. I do want it but I'm to cheap to buy it

evona
01-20-2009, 06:46 PM
And it's lovely to feel both luxuriously naughty AND thriftily virtuous at the same time! ;) "I didn't want to buy a full sweater's worth when i don't even know how it works up or whether I like to wear it or not..."

Trish, I do quite like the Cascade 220s, especially the heathers (http://www.loopshop.gb.com/product/2883/Cascade_220_Heathers) -- nice colors, and 220 yards on each skein, at 6.49. And the Emu Superwash (http://www.ekmpowershop9.com/ekmps/shops/iknitlondon/emu-superwash-323-c.asp) is a nice buy as well at 2.70 for 130 yards. I used the Cascade yarns to make helmet liners for the USO drive in Denver this weekend -- hope mine make it in time, I sent them in yesterday. The workhorses are grand.

Its just that everyone, I can't help feeling, should have the opp to totally go luxe at least a few times in their lives, and why not over yarn? :)

Yes - exactly! And speaking of Cascade 220, while I was in the Thousand Oaks store a lady came in to pick up some Cascade 220 she ordered. It looked so yummy! Anyway, the sales clerk said "So you will be needing the entire 33 skeins for you pattern?" and the lady said "Oh I don't know. I don't even have a pattern in mind yet." :roflhard: 33 skeins is really overkill on the splurge for me though. oh . . . and they had such yummy colors of Malabrigo.

I guess I should give them name of the store unless we have any KH members near Thousand Oaks. The name of the store is Eva's Needlework. They had a way better selection of truly hard to resist yarns than any store near me (thank God or I would be seriously broke).

TrishL1975
01-20-2009, 07:38 PM
And it's lovely to feel both luxuriously naughty AND thriftily virtuous at the same time! ;) "I didn't want to buy a full sweater's worth when i don't even know how it works up or whether I like to wear it or not..."

Trish, I do quite like the Cascade 220s, especially the heathers (http://www.loopshop.gb.com/product/2883/Cascade_220_Heathers) -- nice colors, and 220 yards on each skein, at 6.49. And the Emu Superwash (http://www.ekmpowershop9.com/ekmps/shops/iknitlondon/emu-superwash-323-c.asp) is a nice buy as well at 2.70 for 130 yards. I used the Cascade yarns to make helmet liners for the USO drive in Denver this weekend -- hope mine make it in time, I sent them in yesterday. The workhorses are grand.

Its just that everyone, I can't help feeling, should have the opp to totally go luxe at least a few times in their lives, and why not over yarn? :)


*rummages for receipt and can't find it*

I've seen the Cascade 220, and was longing after some, especially the heathered naturals. But then I got the Patons (correcting from Carons) Classic Wool (http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat3018&PRODID=prd24730) for 100g, 220 yds, for $5.99, and you can't really beat it, unless there's something super-special. And, I can touch it and have instant gratification. The JoAnn's is less than 4 miles from my house, as is a Hobby Lobby in the same plaza.

I will have to look for that Superwash in the States because that's less expensive than I've seen most online. For gifting, I have to make things that are machine-washable, I'm pretty sure. It can be the delicate cycle on cold and hang to dry or dry flat, but hand wash is too much for most people, and I don't care to have my loving work ruined.

There are a couple of LYSs around, but for now, if I'm going to be making stuff for gifts and practice, I probably need to stick with the local chain-store stuff.

Of course, that doesn't mean I can't go on a road trip to some places (events?) after I get back from the sandbox and before my husband gets home.

Ingrid
01-20-2009, 07:57 PM
Hi. My name is Ingrid and I'm a yarnaholic.

I try to justify it by being a frequent visitor to www.littleknits.com (http://www.littleknits.com) . Some great sales on some incredible yarn!

globaltraveler
01-20-2009, 07:59 PM
BTW, Ruthie: that site was one of the reasons why I kept agonizing over the purchase that started this thread. I kept thinking...okay, could I get them to put together the same mix of colors as in the Louisa Harding Thalia yarn, only in cashmere for the pink and silk for the other colors, and have the effect be the same? But I figured even cashmere and silk would be heavier than the ribbon yarn.

Trish, the Heathers are really a fantastic value and they work up soooo nice. The helmet liners impressed even me, considering the low cost of the yarn. I believe that Cascade also does a 220 Superwash as well.

ETA: Ingrid, that's the third person today to mention LittleKnits to me -- I have to go check that out now, too!

Marria
01-21-2009, 04:51 AM
For me, it's not so much a specific brand of yarn, but when I see a really great deal on really nice yarn on Elann.com or Webs closeout and then I must have it. For example this:

http://www.elann.com/productdisp.asp?NAME=Needful+Yarns+Color+Baby+Full +Bag+Sale&Cat=NEW&ProductType=5&Count=1

Fortunately in that case, my coworker who I taught to knit bought me a bag as a thank you for teaching her and telling her about Elann's awesome yarn prices.

globaltraveler
01-21-2009, 06:54 AM
Aargh....must...stop...following...links...! ;)

blueeyes28
01-21-2009, 09:21 AM
Ingrid I sent you a pm.

Newbie2Knitting
01-21-2009, 12:41 PM
I completely drool over yarns that are so out of my reach it's almost insane. Take this (http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Windy_Valley_Muskox_Yarn-Vicuna_Yarn-4224.html) for example. I just want to pet it and know that it's in my yarn cabinet.

ladyjessica
01-21-2009, 12:57 PM
I've spent almost $100 over the past year on sock yarn, and I have yet to make any socks. I also splurged on some Malabrigo right before Christmas, when I should have been spending money on other people, not myself. :teehee: But it was on sale, and it was purple, and the shipping was free, and therefore I just had to have it. That was the same week I bought 3 knitting books and a new set of needles. :aww:

So, no, you're not alone. Not at all. :hug:

GinnyG
01-21-2009, 01:28 PM
Hi, Ginny! :waving:

I just hopped over to Schaefer yarn and my heart all but stopped!

All I could think was "gimmee, gimmee, gimmee"! :roflhard: One of each, two of some, and many of others!!!

Of course it's just what I need - yet another incredible yarn to add to my stash. Well, I do have a birthday coming up in April....Nah! That's too far away!

Gotta go make some space in my yarn cupboard!

Happy Knitting,

Ruthie :knitting:

Well, here is a hint.....which I hesitate to reveal because it is how I get much of my Schaefer......... EBAY!!!! I check ebay each and EVERY day for Schaefer. Just last week I got 4 skeins of Laurel for less than the cost of 2!!!!

littleknits.com will occasionally have Schaefer on sale.

I met Erich Schaefer (of Schaefer yarn) through my job, he gave me some yarn as a "thank you" and I've been a total addict every since. I always joke with him and tell him the way to increase sales is to hand out skeins of yarn. One skein and you are hooked!!!!!!!!!!!:heart:

globaltraveler
01-21-2009, 06:20 PM
I've spent almost $100 over the past year on sock yarn, and I have yet to make any socks.


:roflhard:

Today, I went into John Lewis because I haven't been able to find a needle roll that works for me, nor a circular needle folder (I'll probably end up making them). I had also decided to get some extremely inexpensive 50% wool/50% other stuff yarn to try making up a sweater I want to make as an experiment.

But lo, there by the register was a whole bin of sales stuff, including a whole bag of Debbie Bliss's Stella yarn (http://www.yarnmarket.com/yarn/Debbie_Bliss_Yarn-Stella_Yarn-3161.html), which feels a bit crunchy and incredibly soft (silk, rayon, and cotton mix), in the most delectable soft pale pink ever. I asked, how much was it a ball? They said, 2.50 a ball. I put everything back and bought 14 balls!

Then on the way home it started raining cats and dogs, so I walked into a McDonald's, bought a burger and a coke as my excuse, sat down and swatched the yarn with my new NI Options -- yay!

Yummy, luxurious yarn, AND cheap. I'm happy happy happy.

globaltraveler
01-22-2009, 05:20 AM
Omigosh. The Thalia yarn that started this thread just arrived! It's, it's, it's...beautiful. :heart:

I am surrounded by pink beauty this morning!