bang for your buck

I can’t in all conscience claim that knitting your own things saves money.  Even with the cheapest nastiest baby-melt you’d be struggling to make a jumper for less than you’d pay for a new one in Primark.   And let’s not dwell on the economics of sock yarns.  But when it comes to gift-giving, knitting makes your money go further with the addition of your time and skill and lurv *.   Some things I have given to people recently ….

Owlie Owlings
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pattern: Owlings by Kerrie James
yarn: Green Eyed Monsters GEM Squirrel in owlie-brown
needles: 3.25 mm bamboo dpns

Made for my sister, with some very gorgeous squishy yarn that lovely Kate dyed to the perfect greyey-brown for me.

Green Fluorescent Jellyfish
gfp jellyfish, for Karlgfp jellyfish, for Karl
pattern: Juvenile Sea Nettle by Hansi Singh
yarn: Rowan Pure Wook DK in Cloud and Cedar; Bernat Glow-in-the-Dark Green Glow

Made for my dear friend and unofficial chemistry tutor, because last year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded for work on green fluorescent protein, originally extracted from jellyfish (and yes, someone has made green fluorescent sheep so all-natural glow-in-the-dark yarn should be on the market soon).

Tasteful House-Warming Gift
loo roll loo roll cover with tasteful doillyloo roll loo roll cover with tasteful doilly
pattern: Toilet Paper Roll and Kitschy Doily by Denise Plourde

*At least I fondly imagine this is so (and ignore any nagging thoughts in those wee small hours that my nearest and dearest dread unwrapping the next ‘soft’ present I give them).

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3 responses to “bang for your buck

  1. awww…. loving those owlings! super cute.

  2. brilliant! I must make some owlings for myself.
    We saw a pygmy owl in Barcelona zoo which when fully grown was the size of a chaffinch. I shall make some in its honour.

  3. I agree with you, wool is crazy expensive. But have you ever tried these guys: http://www.scandinavianknittingdesign.eu/index1.html
    They often have sales on and are definitely cheaper than John Lewis!

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