Being rather *ahem* frugal
myself, I too would be hesitant. Well, hesitant might be an understatement
But you have options...
- Find a cheaper, but still pretty (and quality!!) substitute yarn...
- Try to salvage substitute yarn from a thrift-store sweater (I am still boggled over the fact that I got a cashmere sweater for $1... which equals over 200 yds of yarn for a buck!!
- Suck it up and decide that you will love this sweater enough to spend the $50 for the yarn. Hand wash and invest in a sweater shaver.
I absolutely hate when I see that ball of yarn is three dollars and think "Wow, what a deal!" only to find out that it's only a 50gm ball with *maybe* 85 yards per ball or so...
but like Ingrid said, if you're going to spend that much time making something special, make sure it will last and be something you're proud to wear.