A discussion on one of the Ravelry forums provoked these yarn buying musings from me.
I strongly believe that Husbands, Significant Others and kids, who are bid enough to complain, have to be educated about the real cost of yarn.
Well, easy for me to say. I solved the problem by teaching DH to knit. So now it is “our” stash, not just mine. He actually lost most of his interest once he was able to master any stitch pattern he chose – and that is what he did – knit a sampler strip. But he got to learn all about different kinds of fibers and yarn. Guess what, it turned out he is a bigger yarn snob than I am. So DH never protests when I buy yarn or needles.
And if someone needs a justification – here is my price comparison (mind you, I am still on Manhattan price scale)
A luxury, one of a kind designed just for you sweater $600.00 and up, way up – depending on yarn, I have seen them at $1000 and more.
A pair of socks of the same quality $100 to $200. Or more, just think cashmere…
A shawl – sky is the limit! My friend made a swimsuit wrap – basically a large rectangular shawl free-form out of Perle cotton for a famous couturier. It was sold for $5.000. Of course, she just got her 10%.
Is the price of yarn a bit more realistic now?
I maintain that the yarn is the cheapest part of our knitting and crochet. Our time – this is the most expensive, irreplaceable part. So if I am spending my time on a ball of yarn it better be a yarn I love touching and looking at.
One more price note.
An hour with a good psychologist $100 – $250.
Tranquilizers $50 – $100.
Yarn therapy is priceless! And there are no known side effects besides running out of storage space.
P.S. I usually do not knit for money. I do knit for others, but the person got to be very special to me and my knitting or crochet creations are a gift. Well, a week ago a friend of ours has asked me if I will knit a sweater for him – and he would pay. In the beginning I have said “No”. Then I told him that I would not knit for money, but, since he is a Sofer (scribe) I will trade a sweater for a Megilah Scroll. He agreed, picked out the yarn and I am making good progress on it.