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Old 03-27-2008, 02:24 PM   #21
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If I'm going to spend lots of time on something, I'm going to enjoy every stitch of it. Loving the yarn I'm knitting with is a huge part of my personal enjoyment of knitting.
I agree with Ingrid. You have to love the yarn, which doesn't necessarily mean it has to be expensive. I go for the feel of the yarn and of course the color too.

I decided when I first started knitting that I was knitting only for my personal pleasure, so if I start a project and decide I don't like the yarn or the pattern, I stop. I know that would drive some of you crazy, but hey life is short, knitting is my love and not my job, so I'm not going to waste my time if I'm not enjoying it. Oh, and one more thing -- I'll finish it when I'm good and ready!
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Old 03-27-2008, 02:29 PM   #22
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I agree with a lot of the others. I use yarn I feel is appropriate for the object. I like RH or Carons SS for afghans as they are going to take abuse and be washed regularly. I like the KP Palette yarn I bought for socks and just bought some washable merino from LYS that was waaaay more expensive and don't find it any better than KP. I also spent 7.50 a skein for bulky yarn to felt for slippers, I probably would have been better off at Michaels and buying what they carry at 1/3 the cost. I am knitting frantically to finish my merino socks so I can cast on the bamboo for my next pair.
I prefer getting yarn on sale, but am weak when in the presence of pricey yarns.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:30 PM   #23
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I love Lion Brand yarn. I don't care what people say about it. It is soft, easy to work with and looks nice. I have "splurged" and bought some expensive yarn for specific projects, but for the most part I buy from craft stores and even then I look at the clearence section & the sales. There are often REALLY great deals out there & I wait for them.
WEBs has a clearance section on their website where they sell the expensive yarns for cheap too.
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Old 03-27-2008, 04:46 PM   #24
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I'm cheap. I'm not going to pay more for materials than I could pay for the finished product.
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:10 PM   #25
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Wait, you all buy yarn with projects in mind?

I buy the yarn and then try to justify it by coming up with a project

I have a yarn addiction
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:25 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
Wait, you all buy yarn with projects in mind?

I buy the yarn and then try to justify it by coming up with a project

I have a yarn addiction
If I did that I would always find a project that needed 1 more skein than I had and when I went back to get more the color wouldn't match.
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:27 PM   #27
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I'm with Mike! I do buy yarn when I have a project in mind, but my stash is full of yarn that I never had a clue what to do with. I just loved it. I did buy my Lion Wool intending to make myself a scarf/hat/mitten set and I do have a ton of sock yarn (but not for specific socks). The rest is just stuff I loved.
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Old 03-28-2008, 02:29 PM   #28
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Since I figure I only needed 2 skeins for a scarf, that what I bought. I buy what I think I might need for a project, but that doesn't always work out....
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Old 03-28-2008, 05:38 PM   #29
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Now isn't this interesting..
Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
Wait, you all buy yarn with projects in mind?

I buy the yarn and then try to justify it by coming up with a project

I have a yarn addiction
Well, Valkyrie..we are a yarnie-match I see,fall in love,and dive in..who knows what it will eventually be...I just know when I see something that I love,I've got to have some of it..and because of that I have ALOT of scarves...someday tho, I'm planing on making a knitted patch quilt...a hogepoge of all my favorites ..
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:46 PM   #30
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It also depends on what you consider expensive. The prices that WEBs and KnitPicks charge don't seem to much to me. My LYS, however, has some skeins and hanks that are in the high $20 or $30 range. Why on earth would a peson spend that type of money? The best knitter in that shop, who teaches great classes, uses moderately priced yarns, and will guide students to those.

I don't like Red Heart yarns,just don't, it's a thing from when I crocheted. Some of Lion Brand's are OK, but with all the knots and funny centers it can get exasperating.
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