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The Cost of Knitting is Always a Concern! A Couple of Cute & Affordable Projects…

February 25th, 2011 by violette

Lady Violette's Vintage Violet Knitted and Felted Clutch & Raspberry Lace Up Like a Corset Gauntlets

The cost of yarns to make a knitted project is always a concern so I called The Weaving Works  in Seattle where I often buy my yarns to check on the current cost of the yarns I used in these two little projects.

Brown Sheep’s Lamb’s Pride Bulky costs $8.15 per skien. Manos del Uraguay’s Wool Classica costs $ $15.25 per skein in solid colors as I used here or $17.25 in varigated colors.

My cost to make the gauntlets pictured was $15.25 for the ball of Manos. I used a bit of leftover yarn from my little Lady Violette Vintage Violet Clutch Purse for the lacings.

The cost of yarn for the clutch purse was $8.15.

You can make both the gauntlets and the purse for a total yarn cost of $23.40! Not bad is it?

The vintage buttons I used were in my button box and cannot be bought. You can use any buttons you already have or find some specifically for decorating your project. I often buy some inexpensive item at a thrift store or rummage sale just for the buttons because they are much less expensive that way than buying them new from fabric stores. I recommend having an eye out for buttons at all times. I have found old stock on cards in junk stores for 15 cents a card. I buy them if I like them because I know I will find a great use for them at some point.

These two projects are affordable, cute, usable and easy to make.

You can substitute yarns as well. If you are going to felt one for the clutch be sure to use all wool. Synthetics will not felt properly. For the gauntlets, anything that gives you a comparable gauge will work. My gauge for the gauntlets is 5 sts per inch. I did knit the Manos tighter than the suggested gauge on the yarn tag in order to get the effect I wanted.

These yarns can be purchased at weavingworks.com in Seattle.

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