View Full Version : How do you decide HOW MUCH to buy?

07-17-2007, 03:35 PM
I see a lot of posts showing yarn people have bought on the spur of the moment (not for a specific project) and am just wondering how you decide HOW MUCH of a yarn to buy? I like knitting things like sweaters but, being a big girl, that is a lot of yarn to buy everytime I see something I like...I want to branch out and try some different yarns and am just wondering how you decide how much to buy so you don't end up short when you finally pick a project for it? I don't want a bunch of odd ball skeins lying around never to be knit, but am drooling over so many different options out there...do you always have a project in mind when you buy? Do you just plan a small project for new yarns to try them out? Or do you try to keep in the same weight/type so you can combine them up in a project? Just wondering....:think:

07-17-2007, 03:45 PM
I usually buy what I can afford- which is usually 2-3 skeins, which hopefully will be enough for some sort of project. I tend to find a project for the yarn rather than the other way around....

07-17-2007, 03:48 PM
I'm hopelessly addicted to Little Knits (http://littleknits.com/) bag sales, so I sometimes just buy a bag of whatever for a future shawl. Then there's sock yarn...one can never have enough. And, of course, if I'm buying yarn for a specific project I buy the amt that is called for plus one ball.

07-17-2007, 03:52 PM
You probably saw my post with the yarn pOrn... Well, i usually have a project in mind when i buy my yarn. I'm living in a place where there isn't any good yarn at all, so i buy online without the chance to fondle anything, so i read reviews about the yarn, look for a project and then buy. It's not economical for me to buy little amounts because of the shipping prices. This particular yarn i bought was my first handpainted yarn and i was so fascinated that i had to have it :shock:. I also like sweaters and they are expensive to knit, so i look for big sales (like at Webs from time to time) or eBay. HTH

07-17-2007, 05:20 PM
It's easy. Divide how much money you have by the price of the yarn and that tells you how much to buy. Just be sure to allow for shipping charges :lol:

07-17-2007, 05:24 PM
I generally buy enough for a sweater if I don't have anything specific in mind, but will buy less if I know it's for a scarf or hat or something smaller.

I love the Little Knits bag sales, too.

BTW, don't really use me as an example. I'm hopeless.:shifty:

07-17-2007, 06:43 PM
It's easy. Divide how much money you have by the price of the yarn and that tells you how much to buy. Just be sure to allow for shipping charges :lol:

:roflhard: I love it! That's the perfect method :thumbsup:


07-17-2007, 06:52 PM
OK - Mason - that is a sure fire method for me to get into trouble :roflhard:

Ingrid - I think I am heading down the same path as you - There are SO many sweaters out there I want to knit that I just keep buying yarn for them...I think I have to find some smaller project ideas that entice me...but I'm not a hat/scarf/gloves person :?? Working on my first pair of socks so I'll see how I like that...

Oh dear, so much yarn so little time! :thud:

I like reading about how other knitters' minds work!

07-17-2007, 06:55 PM
i usually have a vague idea what i will probably knit it into. i too just ordered 2 hanks of MCY, it's bulky wieght, but i am thinking a scarf and matching hat :shrug: if i just want to try a yarn out, i still will buy enough to make a hat or scarf (if i don't like it, i can always gift the FO) so 1 or 2 balls. HTH

07-17-2007, 07:04 PM
When I buy blind (that's what I call it), I'll usually buy 3-4 skeins. I think you should have a project idea for anything larger. I'm a big girl also and I'd have to have a pattern before I bought a large amount of yarn for a wearable.

07-17-2007, 08:01 PM
Is there such a thing as enough?

07-17-2007, 08:56 PM
I always buy enough for a sweater, period. Which for me, is usually about 7-10 4 oz. skeins. Except if it's sock yarn. Then I buy 1 or 2 skeins.

07-17-2007, 10:05 PM
i'm on a fairly small budget, so i tend to buy 2 at a time. you can always make a pair of socks from two balls of yarn.

if i have a specific project in mind, i buy that yardage, plus one extra, just in case.

i really enjoy downloadable patterns, so i keep those in the back of my mind when i come across a good sale.

07-18-2007, 06:12 PM
It depends on how much it is really. We live on a budget so at the moment I'm only buying yarn that I think it a REALLY good bargain so generally I'll get between 1-4 skeins unless it's in a mixed bag lot or something.

07-18-2007, 08:00 PM
If I see a new yarn that I like the look of.. I might buy only 1-2 skeins.. either to just swatch, make the front of a cushion, or a scarf with.. that way, if I find I like the yarn, then I'll buy MORE! ;)

07-18-2007, 08:25 PM
I know this is anathema, but I don't have a yarn stash!!!! :passedout:

It originated because of a problem with space, but now it just seems more practical to me.


07-18-2007, 09:05 PM
Is there such a thing as enough?:roflhard::roflhard::roflhard::roflhard: Silly Girl!

07-19-2007, 09:32 AM
I usually have a running thing in my head that I know I need 2 balls of cotton for that bag in One Skein, for example. Usually I only buy if I have a project in mind. I have quite a few of the One Skein type books so usually there are a few projects I "need" yarn for.
Notice how need is in quotes. :D

Have you seen this link?

07-19-2007, 09:39 AM
I buy a sweater quantity.........nothing more frustrating than finding the perfect pattern for a yarn an dnot having enough and not being able to find more.

07-19-2007, 09:48 AM
Have you seen this link?

Oh!! Nik-I haven't seen that link before - that is GREAT! Thank you so much, it is printed and will find permanent residence in my bag for those impulse buys! :happydancing: