|some acrylics I bought a year or so ago|
If there is one thing that my yarn group has done is opened my eyes to all the wonderful types and variations of yarn and yarn color. I have learned new styles and had my eyes opened to new patterns. I think it was my yarn group that was the real inspiration behind my actual “like” of knitting.
What I also learned is that with new wonderful types and variations of yarn and yarn colors comes the need for budgeting – some people are able to spend 15$ for a ball of yarn and buy 8 for a project.
I am not one of those people.
I wish I had that much to spend on yarn because I guarantee you that I would have a room full of exotic yarny wonder that would shame any local yarn store. I would have it all. But, that’s not a reality. The reality is I have 1 hank of alpaca I bought when I went to my first alpaca show and I have a ball of camel that was given to me by a friend. Everything else I have is relatively cheaper yarns.
What I also admit is that sometimes, at yarn group, I feel a bit shamed in pulling out my projects because I’m knitting in a sea of women who have spent quite a pretty penny on the majority of their yarns. Or, at least those are the projects they are bringing (and boy oh boy are those yarns luscious!)
I went last night, after yarn group, and bought some yarn for a new afghan I plan on making (which will be revealed soonish). I ended up leaning towards good ole’ Red Heart Super Saver … why? Because they have made leaps and bounds as far as texture of that yarn since 1975 and because its simply just cheaper than anywhere else (and even then, I got it on sale!). I wasn’t able to buy ALL I will need but I got 5 skeins, a good start to my afghan and it will be a while before I buy more (because of the type of project, not the price). Red Heart also tends to not have dye lots which makes it a lot easier to match up yarn color now to yarn color later. NOW – I admit, of the acrylic yarns, Red Heart is not my top, but as far as the colors I was needing – it was the logical place to go.
I’m not exactly sure of where I’m going with this or why I even brought up the topic. My friends from yarn group are not yarn snobs. It all crochets the same (ok, that sounded good in my head but we all know that’s not true). I don’t know why I sometimes let myself feel inferior due to my budget restrictions – but I can say that I rarely see Red Heart make a showing at yarn group.
Personally, I really like Joann’s Sensations yarn and I Love This Yarn (ILTY) brand. Granted, Red Heart does now have Red Heart Love which is very comparable to ILTY.
Are you on an acrylic yarn kinda budget too? Do you actually budget for yarn as part of your monthly expenses? What is your favorite acrylic yarn and what is your favorite organic yarn? Am I the only one that keeps a ball of soft goodness in their yarn room to pet but never crochet/knit into something?