Tuesday, December 2, 2008

(Ten on Tuesday)"10 Ways You Can Save Money" as told by a Knitter

I subscribed to this awhile ago. This is the first time I am reponding to it.

1.Repurposing existing knitted items you already own. A sweater that is no longer in style can be updated with knitted embellishments, needle felting, duplicate stitch designs, and/or embroidery. If you still love the yarn, consider unraveling it to make something else.

2. Learn to knit from friends, knitters are always happy to teach others to knit. A knitting group can be more fun, cheaper (free, in fact), potentially more creative and there will always be someone to help you. Handmade these days is getting very popular.

4. Turn to your stash instead of yarn shopping for your next project.

5.Knit for those less fortunate. No matter how bad you have it, there is always someone worse off than you. Take a few minutes out of your knitting time budget and knit for your favorite cause. Pay it forward.

6. Knitting gives you the skill to mend, accessorise or enhance clothes instead of just throwing them away. Not only does this save you cash, but it is one of the most eco-minded things you can do with your wardrobe.

7. You can easily save money by buying bargain basement yarn and needles at street markets or charity shops. handmade knitted items often last longer than high street alternatives.

8. Once you learn to read patterns, you can make your own, break away from the traditional methods. Discard traditional knitting patterns and make it up as you go along!

9. Visit your local library for endless books of knitting patterns and instructions on new types of stitches.

10.Many knitting magazines offer freebies and you can often increase your stash of needles, markers and other bits - as well as getting a magazine full of helpful hints and tips.

Saving money doesn’t have to be a chore, and in most cases requires very little (if any) investment up front. Give a few of these ideas a try, and feel free to add a few of your own ideas in the comments.


Melodye said...

Thanks. There are some I hadn't seen before. The library is the greatest resource.

Virtuous said...

Gurl you know I luv this list! Thanks for the reminders on how we can continue to save in our hobby!

Bev Love said...

I want the Origami folding instructions for that $hirt. That would be my first step to saving some money. There are a couple of ideas on the list I need to try right away too!! Thanks for putting it out there.

cici said...

Here is the link to make the origami dollar shirt and others ,,,,http://www.davidpetty.me.uk/mom/mom2.htm

Daisy mum said...

Thanks for entering my contest and for your ideas. Also thanks for idea #10 I didn't know about that one. Very useful info.

Iron Needles said...

Love the list.

Thanks for your comment. Love the sister-sharing-blog idea and tried to sell mine on it, but she went all independent on me. Something about needing to do her own thing after 51 years. I say why now?!

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Love the ideas:)Hugs Darcy