Sunday, December 06, 2015

The Cost of Sock Yarn


The yarn actually came last week, but I wanted to give it its own post. I'm loving the annual Knit Picks Big Yarn Sale, which was also the source of the gorgeous Christmas yarn I got last year. After looking at the prices of the different sock yarns I use, it really makes sense to wait and stock up again next November....or to just buy the Knitpicks yarn for full price when they come out with pretty new colors.

My favorite craft store yarn sells for $7.49 a skein and it takes two skeins to make a pair of adult socks. If I've got two forty perfect off coupons from different sources (so I can use them at the same time and try to  match dye lots) I can make a pair of socks for $8.98.

Full price sock yarn from Knitpicks is going to cost me around $11, and with the sale prices I just paid it's more like five or six dollars a pair. So why am I digging around for coupons and making the best of the limited selection of colors in the craft store? (If you're asking why I'm not knitting up the sock yarn I already have, you might not have seen how many pairs of socks I've made lately.)

My latest sale order really messes with my stash report totals for the year, but it'll keep me knitting well into 2016, hopefully until the next good sale. I'm really excited about the Chroma, which does long gradual color changes. I've got three different colorways to play with and I can't wait to see how it works with highly textured socks.

Weekly Stash Report

Fabric used this week: 0 yards
Fabric used year to date: 6 1/4 yards
Added this week:  0 yards
Added year  to date: 450 3/4 yards
Net added for 2015: 444 1/2 yards

Yarn Used this Week: 0  yards
Yarn Used year to Date: 8700 yards
Yarn Added this Week: 5324 yards
Yarn Added Year to Date: 15263 yards
Net Added for 2015: 6563 yards

This post is linked to Patchwork Times. I've got no affiliation with Knit Picks, except for buying and using a lot of their yarns over the years.

2 comments:

Deborah Kuykendall said...

I love your yarn stash! I, too, love the look and feel of Chroma. The colors are so yummy. I've pondered knitting socks but fear they won't last past one or two wearings due to what seems to be a fragile and fuzzy yarn. Have you made any socks with Chroma yet?

Dee Dee said...

My numbers would be up there too if I had found such good deals on fabric as you have this year.

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