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Ooooh, this stuff is *wonderful*! I got the "comfy" yarn, a 75% pima cotton, 25% acrylic blend, and it feels soooo nice to the touch -- very silky. I'm going to enjoy knitting with it, I think. The materials (well, plus a pair of circular needles because they were pretty and bumped me up to free shipping) were $51.63. A lot for a scarf, but since it's for my honey, it's okay :)


Will try to photoblog this as I progress, just for the hell of it.

Date: 2009-01-21 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rudbekia.livejournal.com
Are you going to be making a scarf from a particular season, or did you just like these colors?

Date: 2009-01-21 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jan-andrea.livejournal.com
It's the Doctor Who scarf from season 15 :)

Date: 2009-01-21 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bean77.livejournal.com
Yes, please...lots of pics!

Date: 2009-01-21 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nice-heart.livejournal.com
I'm probably the only person alive (or at least on your FL) who doesn't know a thing about Dr. Who. ;) But seeing the materials and hearing the cost of just the yarn alone, really gives me a deeper understanding of some of the asking prices for hand knit items on etsy and such. I spend as little as possible on yarn, clearances and coupons are a lifesaver. But I stick to Michael's and Joann's. I don't know how people can spend $20 on a skein of yarn just because it's hand dyed and organic. It just doesn't fit my budget at all. Anyways, I'm just rambling... I'm excited to see your completed project. You are very good at your sling business so I'm assuming you'll be able to stay on track for this and complete it... unlike myself. ;)

Date: 2009-01-22 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jan-andrea.livejournal.com
I couldn't spend $20 on a skein, either :) My figure covered 15 skeins plus needles. I did a fair amount of knitting with acrylic from JoAnns, and there is a world of difference between it and this stuff, believe me :D

Date: 2009-01-22 05:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] apis-mellifera.livejournal.com
I am, at this very moment, wearing a lace shawl knit from a $40 skein of silk yarn. The cost per hour of entertainment is pretty low--it took me probably 4 months of knitting time to make the shawl (18 months of real time because I am a non-monogamous knitter)--and I ended up with a lovely piece that is doing a bang-up job of keeping the back of my neck warm in an extremely frigid office.

I totally get budget concerns--I'm currently on a yarn/fiber moratorium--but for me, quality of materials is extremely important. Most of us have things for which we're willing to pay a little bit more--for someone else, that might be certain kinds of clothing or cable television or any one of a million other things. :)

Date: 2009-01-24 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jan-andrea.livejournal.com
Yah, my grandmother is an amazing knitter and creates beautiful scarves and sweaters and such, but she uses (by budget necessity, I assume) cheap acrylic yarn all the time, which really impacts the wearability of the finished garment. She's on a fixed income, so she unfortunately can't afford to spend $$$ on yarn, but otoh, it's sad to see her put so much effort into a piece and then not have it be worn because it just feels yucky :(

Date: 2009-01-24 05:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zauditu.livejournal.com
My question is what your source for yarn is? For that much yarn, $50 is a good price - especially with needles.

Date: 2009-01-24 06:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jan-andrea.livejournal.com
www.knitpicks.com -- good selection, too.

Unfortunately, the needles (circular) have broken already; one of the tips came off the coupling. I think a little superglue will fix the problem, but I'm a little disappointed with the quality.

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