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Old 03-13-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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How much $ for yarn?
I've been searching for several months for a bulky cotton yarn to knit this beautiful summer sweater I found in a library book. Just when I think I've found the right yarn, I decide it's too expensive. I'm just wondering... How much would you guys spend on yarn for a summer sweater? I'm such a total cheapskate, and I would never spend $20.00 on a sweater, so why should I spend it for yarn? (Actually, I can't find the right yarn for less than $30.00 inc. shipping.) I'm torn between my desire to make this wonderful sweater, and my frugal tendencies. HELP!!!! :(
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:37 PM   #2
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Have you tried eBay? I just won enough yarn to make a sweater for $13 plus shipping (which was $9). I would probably pay $22 for a sweater, so it worked out for me!

Also, consider the process. You're not just paying for a sweater, you're spending money on something with which you're going to spend a lot of time. It's like an entertainment budget!
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:42 PM   #3
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I have tried ebay. Cannot find a bulky cotton yarn!! But I just can't give up the idea of knitting THIS sweater. I'm at my knit's end trying to find the right yarn... I know, it is money spent for the fun of knitting it, but I'm just such a darn cheapo!!!
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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I have spent waaaaay more on yarn for a sweater than I have ever spent, or every would spend on a sweater.

I get such great pleasure knitting the sweater I want with the yarn I want that it's worth it to me. I certainly don't knit to save money, because I can find lots of sweaters at Land's End overstocks, etc., for a lot cheaper than I can knit one.

To be honest, I don't think I've ever knit an adult sweater for as little as $30. I say go for it.
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:13 PM   #5
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I justify as not only money for a sweater but money for a hobby that will take x amount of hours. That way, it seems pretty cheap. But seriously, I knit as a hobby so I allow myself to spend a little extra, you know?
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Old 03-13-2006, 08:20 PM   #6
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yup i have spent a lot more on stuff to make bags than i would spend on a bag. i spent $15 a skein for mittens...took two skeins...NEVER would i spend $30 on mittens...sheesh!

and the sock yarn i bought....those socks better be made of gold if they cost that much and i am getting them at target!

for some reason it seems different when you are making it yourself. the process and working with yarn you are absolutely going to love...


otherwise try haunting the goodwill and see if there are sweaters that are looking to be repurposed!
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:28 PM   #7
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I totally know where you are coming from. Some of the patterns I find call for 6 skeins of yarn that is $9-12 a skein. I usually have a heart attack at that point.

Why not just substitute a cheaper yarn. I bet someone makes a cotton/acrylic blend that you could use? Maybe use a worsted or dk cotton/acrylic blend and double it up? You'd have to swatch to see if it would look okay.
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Old 03-13-2006, 10:21 PM   #8
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STOPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP we are enabling her to spend MORE MONEY...

honey...you are talking to people that would NEVER spend 20.00 for a store sweater, but have NO problem whatsoever in dropping 100.00 on yarn for a hand knit sweater!!! Oh, and the addi turbo's to match....ugg...(BTDT)

But....
watch ebay like a hawk
people have done well at yard sales, thrift stores, goodwill
you could recycle a sweater
ask for yarn money for christmas/holiday/birthday
save your change from purchases and put in a can to go for the sweater
check out knitpics.com
freecycle (I got THREE huge bags of yard off freecycle...all acrylic, some I had to donate, but it keeps the kids mits off MY yarn)
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Here's one of my little tricks. Just use two or three strands of regular cotton yarn instead. Try knitting a few rows and see how it matches up to the gauge. Try different needle sizes until it works.
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I've never heard of freecycle. what is it exactly? Thanks.
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