Archive for January 3, 2011
The Autumn 2010 report from Yarndex revealed some very interesting trends about the fiber arts industry and yarn consumers. Most surprisingly was the appearance of Red Heart Super Saver Economy yarn on the top 10 list of yarns searched by specific name. Clearly the current economy is having an affect on everyone’s pocketbooks, including crocheters and knitters. As I mentioned in a previous post, Crocheting & Knitting in a Bad Economy, I would rather for folks to find alternatives than give up their needles and hooks because of their budgetary constraints.
Using cheaper yarn is a great way to keep stitching during a financial squeeze. However, one can still remain a yarn snob while pinching pennies. Here are my best tips for achieving just this:
1) Budget in your yarn purchases. Save up for big events like festivals and special sales at your favorite LYS or online vendor.
2) Make smaller projects that require less yarn. That way you can still crochet or knit with your favorite merino silk blend or cashmere filled fiber delight. Use Raverly‘s handy feature for searching patterns by yardage to find great patterns that require minimal yarn .
3) When you enter your LYS, go straight for the sale table! Don’t get sidetracked by the expensive, newly released goodies. Find something on the sale table that suits your fancy and buy enough to complete your project. I have found some really great buys that would make even the most discriminating yarn snob giggle in delight.
4) Shop online. Using the internet allows you to quickly compare prices and find the best deals. Many online vendors have great sales too. For example, WEBS has unbelievable “close out” deals (remember – buy enough yarn to complete a project because you can rarely come back for more). I have found wonderful yarn marked down by up to 75% on their website.
5) Recycle yarn from WIPs (and even finished projects too) that you can bare to part with and/or you know that you are unlikely to finish. Find those lonely projects languishing in the nooks and crannies of your closet and start frogging. You may just have enough yarn to complete another pattern you have been lusting after in the latest issue of your favorite magazine.
Well, it will be interesting to see how the fiber arts industry continues to fair in the current economic climate. Perhaps more economy yarns will find their way to the top of the list in the seasons to come; however, that won’t stop us yarn snobs from drooling over what we can’t afford quite yet.