We have all felt the ripples of the eminent recession.
Knitting is not an inexpensive past time or hobby...well for me it is not. I knit fairly quickly and then it's on to the next project. I am somewhat of a yarn snob, but I have been known to knit with some "fair" quality yarn.
You may have noticed that there hasn't been too much enhancement to the stash.
There are a couple reasons for that. Money, the most obvious reason, and the idea of stash itself.
It is very hard to restrain oneself when you are in your LYS. Not a craft store, but a store filled with high quality fiber choices. How quickly we are enamoured with a simple touch...soft...squishy...luxurious...sometimes we can't even put it down. It goes into the stash to be knit someday.
No project in mind.
It stares at you, waiting to be knit...but that project never really comes along. Then you feel obligated to knit it up...sometimes not matching it up to the best project.
So, I am very careful now. If there is a project to knit, I buy the yarn for it.
(Now, that being said, please don't speak of my actions in New Hamburg the other day...I had projects in mind...and the 20%, 30%, 40% off...I must go back.) I was really good at Shall we Knit, surprisingly. We can always use sock yarn;)
Other than that occasional trip to the LYS, I have been frequently Michaels Craft Store.
Coupon in hand, I pick up a ball of patons classic, kroy sock or even Lion Brand thick and quick! It is difficult to just pick up the one item you have a 40% or 50% off coupon for...but I can do it.
So, on the needles is an afghan I am working on. Not only do I love green, as we have previously discussed, but I love leaf motifs.
The thick and quick is no joke. It knits up very quickly...and it thick and warm and squishy! Perfect for an afghan. With a coupon you can get it for $4 a ball...well, this colour (cilantro) is being cleared out...$4.99 a ball is the regular price...and I have had a couple 50% off coupons. It makes for a lot of trips...but for $2.50 come on!
Get your coupon...in and out...one item only!
You can do it too.