Sunday, June 11, 2006

Knitting Fraud

Sometimes I feel like a knitting fraud because I trawl through the charity shops and the internet looking for new and old wool at the best possible price I can, while designers continue to introduce fabulous new fibre blends which I will probably never even touch let alone use. Sometimes I feel like a knitting fraud as I am not knitting the latest fashionable tank top using the latest Noro silk @ $20 for a 50g skein, on interchangeable needles, while hopping on one leg and blowing bubbles.

Don't get me wrong, I love the look, smell and feel of the wool in my LYS but to be honest I can't afford to spend all that much. Well perhaps I could but I would have to limit myself to one project a year! And now that I have picked up the pins again I can't bear to put them down.

So, am I a knitting fraud for wanting to knit in an economical way and satisfying my current addiction? At what point do we become 'knitters' - is it when we pick up the pins and knit our first scarf? Or is it when we make a more challenging piece, that will probably become a family heirloom? Is it simply good enough to be able to cast on, knit something and cast off?

I guess I have reached a point where I recognise that I am in fact a good knitter and that I can cope with a variety of projects. It's more than some people can do but obviously less than others.


Mully Nex said...

Knitting fraud? No way! I've been scouring the local charity shops for sweaters to frog (so I can nick the wool and use it in other projects) but it's the wrong time of year for them!

I've not found ONE sweater since I started but I have to admit to not having a huge amount of time. I get most stuff from Ebay. There's a great fancy yarn manufacturer from Turkey selling on ebay uk.. for the life of me I can't recall the name of it right now but my blog details the sequin yarn I got from them!

Sharon said...

Definately not a knitting fraud!!!

My LYS has a yarn holding service which helps considerably with the cost of my passion;) They put the yarn aside and you only pay for what you take each time.

Anonymous said...

I am so with you on the prices.. I would love to buy out my local knit shop but alas single working mom no can do.. I always go for the cheap cheap stuff..I figure being a knitter surely I am good enough and creative enough I can make the cheap stuff look good *winks* at least thats what I keep telling myself. I even get handmedowns from other knitters getting rid of their stuff.. hehehe does that make me a fraud NO WAY.. it makes me totally have a bigger stash!!