Trying to Beat a Recession

I purchased the fall issue of Knit Scene magazine yesterday and saw a sweater that pique my interest to knit.  I looked at the yarn and did a search to find the pricing.  I had some sticker shock when it saw the yarn priced at $15.00 a skein.  The cheapest price is $13.50 a skein.  That means I would pay anyway between $135.00 to $150.00.  I am not a cheap person, but it’s a lot of money to spend during an economic downtown which is another term for recession.  However, while looking on Knitter Review forum, someone suggested using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky at $7.00 a skein which is a mohair/wool just like the Fiesta Kokopelli yarn suggested in Knit Scene.  That is more affordable, and Brown Sheep is good brand of yarn that I have use before to knit a hit for my nephew.

Crocheting and knitting can be expensive hobbies, but thank goodness for the Internet where I can find some resources to be as frugal as possible.  One of my favorite sites is KnitPicks ( where you can purchase natural yarn fibers starting at $1.99 a skein.  Another site I like to purchase yarn is WEBS (, they have some good deals on yarn.  Elann (  is another good site for discounted yarn, but you may that some limited color choices.  I also purchase Lion Brand and Paton yarn, they are priced reasonably and Lion Brand has many free patterns on its website costing under a $100.00. There is a great cardigan sweater pattern that would be a nice addition to anyone’s wardrobe for the fall. We can still create great garments without breaking the bank.  Unfortunately, I cannot say that about gas and food.


Image of Extra Easy, Extra Fabulous Sweater 


3 responses

  1. It is so sad that the very things that help us deal with stressful and expensive lives are becoming almost to expensive to enjoy. I have found some wonderful wool in charity shops …bags of it and use some of the odd balls I find there for afhgans and blankets. That is a very stylish top by the way.

  2. I cosign w/Adrienne … in fact, I just showed the cardigan to my 8yr old — who is just learning to crochet — and she’s even more excited about her newfound skills! A year ago, she didn’t understand why I was “torturing her” by insisting that she learn new skills… cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, beading… but now she’s proud as a peacock — People compliment her all the time on her creations (she’s good at the basics, but GREAT at decorating/accessorizing—if I do say so myself), and it does my heart good to see that smile on her face when she’s asked, “Where did you get that XYZ? I really like it…”. She wants to be a fashion/jewelry designer now…go figure??

    And the shock on their faces when she answers, “It’s a one of a kind. I made it myself.” — PRICELESS!

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