Craft, Knitting

Is it a bargain, is it, is it??

I can never make up my mind about whether something bought cheaper than usual with an idea in mind is still a bargain if it doesn’t fit that purpose but works for something else that you might not even have had in mind.

Do you follow me ……. I know I got lost when I began to think about it 😊😊

I have enough wool/yarn on hand to keep me and my charity knitting going for a very very long time so the last thing I need is more.  Great thought but oh so hard to put into practice.  Just every now and again I see it on special and cave in……as far as I’m concerned really really good specials shouldn’t be allowed….they do a great deal of  harm to my self control lol

And so it was early last year when I spied fabulously priced balls of 8ply in ‘boys’ colours just right for what I had in mind for my donations to charity.  Less baby sizes and more 2 – 4 yr old sizes.

I started the first one thinking the yarn had a strange feel to it but couldn’t put my finger on what was different.  Finished the rib and began the body….  stocking stitch…knit one row purl one row.  Well it was stranger still, I checked the ball band, yes I was using the recommended needle size but it was tighter/firmer than usual so I ripped it out and began again with larger pins.  Still looked awful so pulled it all out and tossed it to one side and quietly carried on at myself about money down the drain.

As an aside here I wasn’t too happy with the place I was donating to – over the previous year or more I’d sent in via the usual pharmacy drop off place 3 boxes of baby and toddler woolies complete with sender info each time expecting the usual thank you email. It’s reassuring to know your donation has arrived and nice to be thanked.  Later it transpired they’d had changes in leadership and as well as myself many many donors hadn’t been acknowledged but at the time I was ropable and found another group who gave more locally than the other.

Well to cut a long story short my ‘new found group’ disbanded at the end of last year.  Another smaller group has stepped into their place – not so many contacts but with the same aims and objectives.  Helping others cope with winter.

At the moment they are concentrating on blankets – squares aren’t my idea of fun but as they say ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’, I’ll dig out some odments and get going.  Their preferred size is 25cm/10ins, much bigger than ones I’m familiar with.  50 stitches – 104 rows in garter stitch.  And here is where we get to the end of my tale.

Remember those 100gm balls I tossed aside – well even though there was plenty of other stuff I could have used I decided to give one of them a go – and it knitted up like a charm.  In garter stitch that is.  The ball band describes it as 100% Polyester not 100% Acrylic like most everything else I use – maybe that’s why it feels different.

I bought 3 colours x 2 balls plus a big 200gm ball of the blue – the larger size square means I only get 2 out of the 100gms with a little over.  So 16 solid squares and probably 1 multicoloured ifrom the left overs – that’s not what I envisaged knitting with my ‘bargain purchase’. I’m just happy there’s someone else who enjoys piecing them together – bargain or no bargain that’s certainly not what I signed up for 😊😊

Have you ever turned one disaster into something unexpectedly special?

11 thoughts on “Is it a bargain, is it, is it??”

  1. I think if they get used then it’s still a bargain
    Blankets are always needed. So good job on saving the yarn from. The tip
    Yes charity isn’t what it used to be. Our group has knitted and crochet some beautiful things and we have found out. They are not givin to people. They are on sold by auxiliary groups and the money is then used
    Kinds defeats the purpose I think. But what ever
    When they no longer receive donations they will be upset

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  2. I’ve often thought of knitting for charity but am not sure who would want the things when knitted, I must look into it. I often fancy knitting baby clothes but haven’t got any babies to knit for now, lol
    Briony
    x

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  3. Yep! I reckon it’s still a bargain. I often buy yarn or fabric with a project in mind but end up using it another way. You have my admiration knitting those garter stitch squares. I would have ‘fallen by the wayside’ after just knitting a couple. As a someone who joins squares for a charity, I really appreciate those of you who provide the squares for the blankets…you don’t get enough of the accolades.

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  4. My MIL could never pass a sale on wool. We always teased her it provided another level of insulation in her attic where she stored it.

    Happy knitting!

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  5. I was a fabric hoarder, haha. Yes, plans did change. That polyester seems to have knitted up rather well. 🙂

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  6. I’ve got all kinds of things – much textile related – but now also collecting other objects as I’m now “working” as a textile 3D mixed media artist. I’m trying not to buy anything but I keep acquiring things – often from well meaning people; or I see a free box of something…

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  7. I am like that with yarn also. When I see it marked down really low but I ended up giving my stash to someone else that does charity knitting. Somehow I just can’t get into knitting or reading this year. Maybe next year !

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  8. I only buy yarn with a project in mind. Care homes always need washable blankets. I am crocheting one at the moment. I don’t like cheap and nasty yarn which is not a bargain at all, I like to have something with some quality to it.

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  9. I wonder if something can really be a bargain if you wouldn’t have bought it at full price? Though I suppose that if you would have liked to buy it but couldn’t afford to at full price, then it probably is. Whether or not it was a bargain, the fact that you have done something charitable with it is the important thing. Eloise thisissixty.blog

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