Skip to main content

Money's too Tight to Mention

The good ol' days

Growing up, we didn't have a lot of money.  I remember me and my sister huddled around a Calor Gas fire in the living room, getting dressed in the winter months; my dad walking me to nursery in a pushchair because we didn't have enough money to put petrol in the car.  We did however, have knitted bed socks and Granny Square blankets for our beds - love was in abundance and we always had everything that we needed.

How much!

Coming from a frugal family means that I have carried this way of thinking with me into adulthood. In past years, I would look at the cost of yarn and think "I'm not paying that - you could buy a whole jumper for less than it would cost to make it". Sound familiar?


Change your way of thinking

There are ways around this and here are my top 5 tips for saving money when things are tight:-


  1. Birthday/Christmas money - save it up and put it towards that yarn that you have been hankering after; take it to a special event like EYF.
  2. Charity shops - Find that yarn bin that could hide that special 50p bargain.  I love my local St Peter's Hospice clearance shop (yes they exist)
  3. Indie Dyers just starting out - they are out there and if you search on Etsy, there are bargains to be had. Caledonia Dye Works is just one of the new Indie Dyers out there who produces beautiful yarn.
  4. Frog a WIP or a project that has been grown out of - sentimental projects aside, my Nana's were forever recycling jumpers or blankets to make something new and useable.
  5. Substitute yarns - Use Yarnsub to find alternatives if the price tag on the suggested yarn is out of your budget (example below)

Good things come to those who wait

Just like my mum and dad say, "If we look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves" Never a truer word has been said.


Choosing a substitute yarn, I saved over £20 on making this jumper

My £1.50 charity shop bargain!

Comments

  1. I'm a frugal kind of gal too, most of the time. Sometimes I do splurge (when I'm on holiday I tend to treat myself). I am a big fan of frogging an old project too. That's a good tip about indie dyers starting out... thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's nice to splurge (fab word) when we have the money. There are so many newbies out there finding there feet and trying to price competitively, that there is definitely a bargain to be had while helping them up the ladder

      Delete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

#Backtoschoolsweatercal

This post is part of the Back to School Sweater blog hop and CAL. You can find last week's Blog post by Tamara Gooderham here. The next stop on the blog hop will be by Helen Eccles on 9th September, who will be talking about Yarn choice, inc. substitution, drape, cost, climate yarnsub.com including caution. For more details of the CAL visit the Crochet Circle podcast group on Ravelry.
Crochet GarmentsHaving read Tamara's previous blog, I have to hold my hand up and say "Yes, I have enough crochet shawls." We all do.  There are so many fabulous garments to be made and we do not need to be afraid of them.  I started out with a simple stripy top from a crochet magazine - it wasn't too scary, and actually, I wear it a lot.  Crochet garments do not have to be complicated masterpieces that include every stitch combination going.  I have included below all of the crochet garments that I have made for myself, starting out with simple patterns, and getting more complex as …

We've got a good thing going!

You know when you are on to a good thing when all you want to do is spend time making/baking/eating/doing it.

Recently, Fay Dashper-Hughes from www.knitit-hookit-craftit.com published her pattern for the Hove Beach Bag and it ticked all of my boxes:

✅ Learning a new skill
✅ Something that I am going to actually use/wear
✅ Supporting a fellow crafter

Now many of you have seen my progress on IG and know that I have made the bag and matching purse and I absolutely love it (so do you guys).  I loved making it so much, that I decided to order more yarn and make it again - and why not!  Once you find 'that' pattern, there is a feeling of accomplishment and then not wanting it to stop.






I have always loved making shawls and over the last year, I have ventured into making garments and pushing myself to tackle more daring projects.  This is entirely thanks to the crocheting community, who I can call friends, who invite me to take part in CALS, produce interesting patterns, and those wh…