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« on: January 20, 2011 07:46:28 AM »

So I've discovered a really bad habit about myself. The other day I was walking around our local Dillard's department store, and I noticed they had a whole rack of scarves and hats that were knit and crocheted out of super-chunky yarn. I kind of liked the look of them, so I checked the price tag - and they wanted $35 for one of these chunky scarves! It wasn't a particularly complicated stitch pattern (the crocheted ones looked like your basic sc scarf, and the knitted ones were just knit-purl-knit-purl), and I didn't see the point in spending $35 on it when I could just go to the LYS, buy a skein of chunky yarn for $5, and make my own.

Crocheted stuff (vests, hats, scarves, etc) have gotten really popular in the past couple of years, and I just can't justify spending that kind of money on it when I know it would be cheaper to buy my own yarn and make it (or something similar) myself. Anybody else do this, too? Or am I just a weirdo? Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011 09:21:46 AM »

Oh yes...

I refuse to buy it, because it too expensive for something so simple.
I'm sure that I can make it myself.

I just never do it... But that's another problem, I'd say Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011 09:44:58 AM »

i refuse to buy things that i could make myself for less, sometimes i will buy things, but only if i know the price truly reflects the value, the rest of the time i buy yarn or beads or whatever i need and have a bash at making it, then i usually realise i didn't really want/need it anyhow and end up giving it away
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011 08:54:18 PM »

Ha, ha, you're poor!

But seriously, most people here feels that way. One of Craftster's graphics at the top of the page says "Do It Your Own Damn Self." Store-bought knit and crochet items will normally be made of acrylic anyway, which isn't as warm as animal fibers. I prefer wool to acrylic.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2011 02:36:08 AM »

It depends.  My time is worth money, too.  The cost of that scarf isn't just the materials--do I think it's worth my time to spend the effort in making the item? 

I'm a crafting hobbyist, not a pro, but I read the business threads occasionally.  One of main issues posters there have about pricing is that if anything, crafted items are priced too low to compensate for the crafter's labor, and that pro crafters sometimes undermine themselves by pricing off of cost alone with no regard to adequately compensating themselves for time.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011 12:02:03 PM »

i feel the same way; i see something cool and think, "Oh, I can make that for less monies."
it's not about being cheap or it being less, because sometimes it can actually cost more. it's about the satisfaction of wearing something you created yourself. Smiley
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