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« on: October 15, 2007 05:50:05 PM »

I'm sorry, people just need to learn how to knit:

http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_dynSessConf=7182729654029026193&id=71614&parentid=APP_SWEATERS_PULLOVERS&pushId=APP_SWEATERS_PULLOVERS&popId=APP_SWEATERS&sortProperties=%2BmarketingPriority%2C-saleDate&navCount=7&navAction=poppushpush&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize=&selectedProductSize1=&color=mul

Anthropologie even refers you to the pattern (that we've all seen before here on Craftster) from Twinkle's Big City Knits!

$228?!

Sorry, I just had to use some exclamation points when I saw this on their website.  Don't you love knowing that you can make this for a fraction of the price...

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littlebluegirl
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007 06:09:32 PM »

It wouldn't let me see the price, but of course I take your word for it. Even with the US to UK conversion rate that's bloody expensive.  Sad thing is, there are people willing to pay that amount...I'd MUCH rather knit something for someone, or, even better ( Cheesy) have someone hand knit something for me than spend a LOT of money on something.  Time and effort is much more meaningful than just opening your wallet and doling out the cash (if you HAVE that kind of cash, that is!)
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« Reply #2 on: October 15, 2007 06:29:25 PM »

I received an email from them this afternoon about that as well!

I never buy knitted or crocheted items because I think I can make them for a fraction of the cost, but most of the time, I never get around to it.  Roll Eyes

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smrjunior
« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2007 06:30:43 PM »

actually, the sad part is that if you bought all seven colors of soft chunky at $17 a skein, plus the $30 book, and if you paid yourself minimum wage for the time investment, you'd probably about break even vs. buying it at anthropologie.  granted, you'd have plenty left over to make a second tunic (which you could sell!) and you'd still have the book with all the patterns, but still.

now I know anthro. isn't buying the book each time they make the sweater and I'm sure they're getting a steep discount on the yarn.  I'm not suggesting that it's a reasonable price for them to ask, I'm just suggesting that if you wanted that exact sweater, it'd "cost" you (in time and money) almost as much either way.
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007 07:50:27 PM »

1. If the sweater was knit BY HAND it would be worth twice as much. C'mon, knitters! Value what you do - it is work and it takes skill. (Although the patterns from Big City Knits don't take that much skill...)
2. Anthropologie should be forced by law to sell patterns.
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« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2007 07:57:40 PM »

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I'm not suggesting that it's a reasonable price for them to ask, I'm just suggesting that if you wanted that exact sweater, it'd "cost" you (in time and money) almost as much either way.

I got to hear Stephanie Pearl-McPhee speak (which was cool!) and she said something really interesting:  50 years ago, people thought it was wasteful to buy something that you could make yourself.  Now, we feel like it's wasteful to make something when you could buy the same thing.

Just an interesting philosophical point I've been pondering ....  Smiley
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Kokeshi
« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2007 08:41:02 PM »

With second-hand yarn, you could make it for next to nothing, I should think.

By the way, it's cute but isn't it kind of bulky? (ponders how it would look on a real body....)
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2007 09:44:17 PM »

By the way, it's cute but isn't it kind of bulky? (ponders how it would look on a real body....)

In the book, everything is shown on people. Smiley  You can probably find examples in her gallery. http://www.twinklebywenlan.com/twinkle.html
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2007 04:37:57 AM »

I'm with infantkittensyringe on this. Put it this way: if you're to knit this sweater on a commercial basis, how much would *you* charge for your time and skill?
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cdngreenie
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2007 07:40:18 AM »

Personally, I love how, despite the Canadian dollar being even (and I still can't justify spending $200  (heck, $100) for a sweater) with the American dollar, we have to spend $30 more for all the customs and duty fees... forget shipping.  And apparently shipping prices to Canada from America has gone through the roof since our dollar reached parity.  Anthropologie is a great place to get ideas and dream.
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fallencupid
« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2007 08:11:30 AM »

I love their things, but I think they are way over priced; and I've never bought anything from them, nor do I plan to.

With anything in life, people are willing to pay something even if they technically can make it themselves--like this sweater. My question is, are they even using a luxury yarn? Or it is basic yarn and the reason for the $$$ is because of Anthropologie's regular jacked up pricing scale?  Huh
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2007 01:28:42 PM »

I don't really like the colors they have put together for the sweater.  It does say the sweater is handknit...
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charaxesdistanti
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2007 03:40:04 PM »

Hand knit or not, I still think stores like this over charge. Half the time the money doesn't even end up in the makers hand, but rather the guy who owns the whole company.

I still don't see how this could cost so much. I don't consider myself a fast knitter and I know if I were to knit this with that bulky yarn it wouldn't equate to 200 dollars worth of time.

Not to be rude or disrespectful to anyone who sells, but sometimes I see hand knitted items sold online by just regular ol' people for a lot of money. Maybe I am just different than most but I would rather sell a product of mine for the price of yarn plus a little for my time rather than sell it for more than it's worth

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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2007 05:54:44 PM »

Oh man, I was trying to convince myself I didn't need Twinkles Big City Knits, but after seeing all those gorgeous FOs on her website... maybe I do!
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