I’ve been in the mood to knit myself a shawl. Those chilly September mornings and evenings seem perfect for such a thing. So, I wandered into my favorite yarn shop yesterday and came home with two skeins of this pretty Malabrigo wool.
Well as anyone who has been knitting for some time knows, two skeins is not going to cut it for a shawl. I have not been knitting for a long time, and I suffer from a severe case of “this should be enough” optimism.
Being such a chunky yarn, the first skein knit up very quickly, giving me about ten inches on the yellow knifty knitter. Ten inches. I don’t know anybody who could wear a 20-inch shawl, so it’s clear I’m going to need more of this yarn. At least two more skeins. That would put the cost of my shawl at somewhere around $50.
This leaves me two choices:
- Keep knitting, finish the shawl, and accept that sometimes you have to pay more than Target prices for life’s little luxuries.
- Rip it out and make a couple of hats instead
I have to admit I’m leaning towards #2. But then, you’re talking to someone who rarely spends more than $10 on a shirt, or $20 on a skirt/pants. I have trouble with $50 accessories no matter how nice the materials, or how handmade the product. It’s a personal problem.
*sigh* Imagine the trouble it gives me when I’m trying to appropriately price my work!
Anybody else have the issues, or is it just me?