The other day I went to my lys to look for a couple of things.
The first thing I wanted was some yarn to make a toddler sweater I had bot online. It needed to be super bulky and I also needed a size 13 (9mm) 16" circular to knit it with.
After that, I was hoping to buy some sock yarn... the first time I've ever bot it to make socks with and I also wanted to have a look at any circular sets she might have on hand.
The first thing that happened is she wanted to see my pattern so I showed it to her... and she shook her head and said I didn't really want to make this sweater, did I? (well, yes, as a matter of fact, I did) Well, she said... this is going to be very expensive!
The yarn she took me to was very expensive and she said I would need two skeins. Then I would have to buy the circular... no, no, that just wouldn't do.
So instead I ended up buying two balls of sock yarn.. the kind that is self-patterning but I was dismayed at how thin the yarn was and said so. She said I'd need smaller needles that what I'd been used to and I ended up buying 2 sets of dpns... 3.5mm and 2.75mm.
It seemed to all cost quite a bit... but then I've been knitting with very cheap yarn... so what do I know?..
After leaving her store, I decided I would go to Michael's and see what was there that I could buy for the sweater I still very much wanted to knit.
At Michael's, I found Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick. It's lovely and thick and would wonderful in the little sweater I would make with it. I bot two balls of 114 Denim.
I also found a circular needle size 13 by 16" long (trouble was - when I got it home and measured it against a ruler... it turned out to be about 15" only... is that okay?)
All told, I spent $36 at Michaels... and about $33 at the lys.
What do you think?