The perils of saving money on yarn

For the most part, over the past three years, I have not bought much yarn. This is largely because I have so much I have nowhere to put it, but over the past few months, I succumbed to the perils of saving money on yarn.

It all started this past spring when I was going back and forth between Albuquerque and North Carolina. It began with just a few skeins that I picked up at the Michaels that had recently opened near the apartment where I lived when I was not in New Mexico.

I was in the middle of completing a move from North Carolina to New Mexico, I was overrun with things to pack. I hardly needed to go to the store and buy more, but that ended up being what I did, and over the course of my travels, I ended up buying a lot of yarn, and while I saved $54 as the result of BOGO and half price offers, I had to spend $54 to save all of that money, and when all was said and done, I had this pyramid of yarn:

A pyramid of yarn that demonstrates the perils of a yarn sale
A pyramid of yarn that demonstrates the perils of a yarn sale

And seven more skeins to boot.

The yarn is a one in Michaels’ Loops & Threads line

The label for Loops & Threads Capri yarn
The label for Loops & Threads Capri yarn

and while I like the colors well enough, I was most drawn to the fiber. A blend of 57% cotton, 28% nylon, and 15% polyester, it as a softer feel to it than a lot of yarns, and I thought it might be just the thing for a baby blanket, and as my friend from third grade of cookieghan fame had become a grandmother, I wanted to make something for her granddaughter, Averie.

So I picked up a skein here, and I picked up a skein there, and before I knew it, I had saved a lot of money, but I had so many things yet to do — boxes to pack, a graduation to attend, two more cross country trips to make — it wasn’t until early this week, when I had finished my 2019 New Mexico State Fair project that I had a moment to contemplate what I would do with all that yarn.

After some thought, I decided to make a great granny square like the one I had made for my mother’s neighbor’s toddler:

crochet granny square baby blanket, crochetbug, granny square
Blocked and ready for adventure

Only this time, I would use a more limited palette; one dictated by the colors in the pyramid of yarns I had purchased “on sale.”

First, I wrote the pattern so that I would have it to refer to, and then with a literal pile of yarn at my side and my trusty hook in my had I got to work, and by the time I had finished lunch today, I had gotten this far:

Thirteen rounds in on a great granny square blanket for Averie
Thirteen rounds in on a great granny square blanket for Averie

By late afternoon, I had added three more rounds:

I don’t know what other things I will make from the pyramid of yarn that has reaffirmed for me the perils of saving money, but I will continue working my way through each skein, one stitch at a time.

2 thoughts on “The perils of saving money on yarn

  1. Those colors are perfect. I just finished a Market bag using scrap yarn.
    I have not used my scrap yarn and I am very pleased with how it turned out.
    Thanks to you and All your posts on using up scrap yarn.
    Thank you Leslie

  2. My husband just does not understand just how much money I save him when I buy lots of yarn on sale. Haha. I probably have saved him thousands of dollars in the 45 years we’ve been married. He wants to see the money it self, Silly man!

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