Before the real post — for those who asked, I got the blocking wires at Knit Picks.
I’ve started this post and decided not to post it and then started it and decided not to post it several times. I’m not putting down any brand or any yarn store. I’m not telling anyone what to do . . just stating something I’ve learned recently.
In about 2006, when I first began knitting again after having not knitted in 20+ years, I found some very nice yarn shops online and I ordered plenty of yarn. Plenty! I knew that paying $20 – $30 a skein for sock yarn for one pair of socks was a lot of money but I figured it took me long enough to knit a pair of socks that I didn’t worry so much about it. And, sock yarn is kinda like quilting fabric . . I look at it as money in the bank because prices are probably only going to go up.
At some point, I noticed that Mary was getting yarn from Knit Picks and then after finding them on Ravelry, I checked out their sock yarn and realized that for $10 or less, I could make a pair of socks. I ordered some of their yarn but haven’t used it yet.
There are several sweaters that I want to knit and sweaters get real expensive. The yarn I ordered for my first sweater was $18/skein and I needed 7 skeins. That’s $126 and way more money than I am comfortable spending for one garment. I decided I should buy something a little less expensive to use for my very first sweater project so I ordered Merino Style yarn from Knit Picks. It was $2.99 per skein and due to having less yardage, I needed 11 skeins so the total was $32.89. That price is much more to my liking.
I had not started knitting using the Knit Picks yarn until I started on the 2nd Hollygrove scarf last night.
It’s knitting up beautifully and I’m actually enjoying knitting with it more than I did with the more expensive yarn that I used in the first scarf. Just for comparison, the yarn for the first scarf was $18.50 an I needed 3 skeins – $55.50. The yarn from Knit Picks was $1.99 and I needed 6 skeins — less than $12.
If the price isn’t enough, when I ordered some needles from Knit Picks, one set had a rough edge. I called them and . . no questions asked . . they sent me a new pair.
This is Madelinetosh Merino DK and the color is Tart and it’s expensive and it’s from a yarn shop. Isn’t it gorgeous? Yes, I’ll buy some more expensive yarns occasionally because sometimes, they just take my breath away! But, for the most part, I won’t pay that much for most of what I make and I’m so glad I found Knit Picks. If you’ve been wanting to knit but not wanting to pay the price of some of the yarns, check out Knit Picks!