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« on: June 11, 2008 10:34:25 PM »

A few months ago, I decided to teach myself to knit, using books and whatever I could find online.. I have now got the purl stitch and of course knitting down pretty well.. I have made 3 scarves and 5 dishcloths, and as much as I do love making scarves and dishclothes..well, how many do I really need? My collection of scarves, including ones I've bought from stores and my 3 is over 30 at the moment and it seems a bit ridiculous to add more to that.. I figured blankets, sweaters, perhaps clothing and toys for my nieces or for the children I work with, but I really don't know, I'm kind of stuck. So does anyone have ideas? Keep in mind, I am still no expert... I am a quick learner, but I'm still a beginner (though there's a chance that if I were asking this after 10 years of knitting experience I would still describe myself as a beginner)

Also, I have noticed... prices for yarn seem to be rather expensive.. I have some a basket full of acrylic and some Icelandic wool (and some scraps of cotton, but not enough to make anything with) that I've been given by a relative but as I said, I don't know what to make with it, and when that runs out, I don't know where to buy new yarn from.. I'm on a budget and I can't afford to spend even 20 on one project.. suggestions?


I have straight needles sizes
8, 9, 10 and 16
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 07:07:16 AM »

You can check thrift stores for yarn, or $3 sweaters to unravel and reknit (make sure the side seams aren't cut). As for what to make, you're stuck in a rut unless you want to branch out to shawls, hats or sweaters and learn some new techniques. Have you looked at pattern sites like knitty.com, knittingpatterncentral.com or thedailyknitter.com? That should give you an idea or three.

« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008 11:15:15 AM »

The majority of my knitting is with Caron Simply Soft and Red Heart Super Saver simply because they are cheap and have a lot of yardage per skein. For me they work to to be about 2 cents for 3 yards, which is good when you need around 2000 yards for a sweater on average. (I need to lose weight so my knitting will be cheaper!)

I just splurged a bit and bought a cone of wool sock yarn for $20, it's 2045 yards so it's about a penny a yard. I'm using it to knit a shawl that will take about 1600 yards, which will make it the most expensive item I've knit thus far. I bought it at Knitting Warehouse, they have flat rate shipping and ship fast. (I ordered on Monday afternoon and the yarn was here Wednesday afternoon!)

I have a local yarn store but I'm afraid to check their prices on yarn, some of the brands they carry I've see online and they are way out of my budget.

As for what to knit next, time to learn some decreases and knit a sweater? Smiley
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