1. Raid Your Stash! Instead of buying new yarn for every project, think about using what you’ve already got. I know, I know, sacrilege. Desperate times call for desperate measures though, so go through those piles of yarn in your craft corner and see if anything you’ve already purchased matches up with a pattern you’ve been meaning to try!
2. Become Unravelled. We’ve all done it. Knit a project that we loved in concept but once it was finished, resulted in something that we wouldn’t likely use or wear. Don’t let that yarn go to waste! Use the same “one year” rule that organization experts suggest when cleaning out closets: if you haven’t used it (or in this case, even admired it) in a year, then you probably don’t need it. Consider unravelling the project and repurposing the yarn into an exciting *insert jazz hands* new piece!
3. Get Thrifty. Raidthose second hand stores for out-of-date sweaters, knit with beautiful wools. Unravel the sweaters, clean yarn, and knit-up something modern! This is a great way to not only recycle something old but also, get the supplies you need for about 5-10 bucks!
4. Compromise. As much as we’d all love to knit only with fine cashmere, silk and quivit–alas, now may not be the time. Consider using those luxury fibers for smaller projects that call for only a ball or two of yarn. For the larger projects, opt for less expensive wools, cottons and soys. Remember, to substitute a yarn called for in a pattern with something different, all you need to know is the gauge, weight and drape (ie. how your yarn will hang compared to recommended version). You can read more about that here.
5. Stay Single. If you can’t afford to buy whole books of patterns, most designers also offer single patterns for sale (although not usually the same ones that are in their books). Buying them this way requires less outgoing cash on your part for the time being, while still supporting the people who work to make a living designing great projects! Google individual designers names, or jump on sites like Ravelry or Etsy and search under “knitting patterns”.
6. Make Your Own Yarn. Although they’ll likely never be substitutes for the luxuriously spun yarns you find at your LYS, homemade creations are both fun to experiment with and easy on the ol’ wallet. Rough economical times offer the perfect opportunity for recycling unused items into customized yarns. Remember, anything that’s pliable and can be cut into strips, can be knit with: plastic bags, towels, sheets, newspaper (needs to be spun), fabric, t-shirts, Duct tape, and more!
7. Buy, sell, trade. If you have yarn in your stash that you know that you’ll never use, then why keep it? Consider listing it on Ebay, Craig’s List or knit-related web forums. The former 2 may earn you money to buy NEW yarn and the latter is a great way to find out if other stitchers would be interested in a fiber trade.
8. Dye for it. If you’ve got some white or cream, natural fiber (synthetics won’t work) yarn laying around, breathe a little color into it by dyeing it yourself. For anywhere from $0-$20, you can create one-of-kind colors using either store-bought craft dyes or fruits & veggies from your garden! I have tutorials for a couple of options here and here.
9. Invest. Instead of constantly buying different yarns for different projects (the little purchases add up, don’t they?), consider a one-time purchase of yarn for a larger project like a blanket. Although you’ll be spending more cash up front, blankets take longer to make (meaning you won’t need to buy more yarn for a while) and can often be kept as heirlooms (making the cost a long-term investment). Oh, and don’t forget that knitting also counts as entertainment, so you can pull money from that budget, too to pay for your project!
10. Throw a party! Organize a knit-together with local stitchers and encourage people to bring their unwanted yarn and supplies. Pile the stuff up in the center of the room, have people draw numbers for turns, then let groups of 3 at a time dive-in and grab whatever they want until alloted time is up. Yarn-swaps are fun ways to socialize and score some great stuff for freeeeeee!
Have more suggestions for ways to keep knitting through the recession? Post ’em here!
The majority share of the knitting, crochet, and crafts industries, and the community that supports them, are women and non-binary folk with uteruses. After yesterday's devastating supreme court decision, essentially removing women's constitutional rights over our own bodies, need to support one another. We need to love each other enough to not give up. I see you. My heart is with you.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be on a Zoom action-meeting run by a major women's healthcare organization. We feel powerless, but one of the suggestions they gave for things we can do is to donate to grass-root organizations that focus on women's healthcare clinics.
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝗻, 𝟭𝟬𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗻𝗲𝘄, 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬! 𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 @keepourclinics It'𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.
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If any women or non-binary people with a uterus who are attending @hhamericas and need emotional support after today’s devastating Supreme Court ruling, meet-up at the seating section on the show floor next to the stage, after the Indie Magazine Panel at 1pm. 💗 #roevwade...
YarnYAY! Design Team member Chris Bahls has done it again — he created another gorgeous palette of our A-Frame Shawl! We love it so much, we’ve made it a kit. See this one, and our other shade options (featuring VH Montoya Merino Light) in the YarnYAY! Shop (link in bio) at www.YarnYAY.com