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From:hugh_mannity
Date:January 4th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
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On socks and sweaty feet, it's worth noting that sweaty wool socks don't smell nearly as nasty as sweaty acrylic (or nylon) socks. There's something about acrylic that makes it smell really disgusting when it gets sweaty. Even sweaters.

Another thing that rarely makes it into discussions of yarn cost is the amount of time and work the knitter puts into the FO. I don't know about you, but my hourly rate is considerably more than minimum wage. If I spend 100 hours knitting a sweater or a shawl which then pills or doesn't look right because it can't be blocked properly. Or turns nasty after a couple of wearings and washings. Then that time (and the associated money -- at least $1,000 if I'd taken a second job at McDonalds or somewhere instead of knitting) is wasted.

Sweet Geek’s cardigan will last him years, will look gorgeous all the time, and it's worth the extra money to make it out of good quality yarn.

The first sweater I knit was an Aran for my kid brother, who was 8 at the time I knit it. It survived him, our cousin, and then (still looking as good as new) about 7 or 8 years later got passed on to one of the kids in my aunt's class. I have no idea what the yarn cost at the time, but even if it had cost $100 (unlikely for a kid's sweater) and assuming it lasted another 2 years, that's $10/year for a very warm sweater. You can't buy that kind of warmth.

I can appreciate that some people find the capital cost of a sweater's worth of good yarn hard to justify (or come up with). However I figure it's worth saving up some money to be able to afford it because the results are so worth it.

(And I won't even mention what it would cost me in lawyer's fees, bail money or counseling payments if I didn't knit :D)
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 4th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
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I didn't even go into the cost part of it, because if I had to actually figure up my time on top of everything else, well....*I'd* still make it myself, but most people wouldn't.

Think I need to edit my post....
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:January 4th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
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The benefits to my psyche and blood pressure are very hard to quantify, but knitting is definitely good for my health. :D (Never mind that it stops me going postal when waiting in line, dealing with idiots, or staring at paint drying my databases.)
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From:fiberaddict
Date:January 4th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
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Yes! I updated the post, because I really don't consider my time during the whole process. Knitting is done whenever I have a spare moment - I don't (usually) dedicate a block of time to something. (Finishing the chullo was an oddity, for me - I usually just work on whatever project I feel like, WHEN I feel like it. I'm trying to concentrate on the cardigan...but it's at home. My Liberty sock is up here. Oh, well....:lol:)

You can't quantify the calming nature of knitting/weaving/spinning, either. How can I put a price on the peacefulness I feel when I sit in front of my wheel? Can't do it......:sigh:
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