Wednesday, 18 September 2013
WIP Wednesday 162: False Economies
Well, there's absolutely no need for you to kick my butt and shout ''I told you so!'' at me, thanks - I've been doing it for myself.
This is this year's school cardigan I made from a vintage pattern for Destructo Boy. It's cute. It came out right - even the pockets. I even got the pain in the bum sewed-on miles-long neckband to work. The key to my self-flagellation and current whinge and woe is in the 3rd sentence from the end.
Destructo Boy wore the cardigan yesterday as he has already managed to misplace his school sweatshirt. It is a snug fit. It is too snug of a fit, even when I squeeze him tight like a boa constrictor, and stretch the cardigan like two crocodiles eating the same gnu. Yes, he IS learning about similes in school this week, how did you know ?
Anyway. It has been gifted to his BFF, and I spent hours online yesterday comparison shopping for yarn for a replacement. This time it is Aran-weight, for speed of knitting, and I invested in a new pattern too. I went to one of my usual bargain haunts, to find that the postage would absorb any savings made on the discounted yarn; for the same amount of money elsewhere online solely on yarn/pattern, I could get free postage.
Bit of a no brainer, even for me: £10/$16 of yarn plus £5/$8 p&p, or £15/$24 of yarn with free p&p. And both of these were less expensive than buying what I wanted/needed from one of the LYSs, which was over £1.15/$1.85 per ball more expensive. There isn't even much of a delay in starting the project - the yarn ordered yesterday arrives in the post today.
So the Old Man Cardigan and the Infidelity Knitting is shoved to one side as I race to knit Destructo Boy a new cardigan before he loses another school sweatshirt ....
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