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CatherineM
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Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:06:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit CatherineM's Homepage Send CatherineM a Private Message
Oh, I buy sweaters - I price the sweater and materials, look at the quality of the work, and if it's something I know I'll never get around to making or can't make for less, I'll buy it. J.Jill has a really cute tunic sweater right now that is calling my name - I could probably make it, but there's so much on my knitting plate already, who am I kidding? And the price is right, I couldn't make it for less.

Catherine
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mtchen
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USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:09:33 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
I buy most of my sweaters...'cause face it, it's cheaper to buy sweaters than to make them nowadays...especially since my yarn tastes tend toward the expensive side I can buy a nice cotton or wool sweater on sale for $10. I can't say that about any sweaters I've made!

Which leads me to think I should make less sweaters...

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mtchen
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USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:09:33 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
I buy most of my sweaters...'cause face it, it's cheaper to buy sweaters than to make them nowadays...especially since my yarn tastes tend toward the expensive side I can buy a nice cotton or wool sweater on sale for $10. I can't say that about any sweaters I've made!

Which leads me to think I should make less sweaters...

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mtchen
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USA
564 Posts

Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:09:33 PM  Show Profile Send mtchen a Private Message
I buy most of my sweaters...'cause face it, it's cheaper to buy sweaters than to make them nowadays...especially since my yarn tastes tend toward the expensive side I can buy a nice cotton or wool sweater on sale for $10. I can't say that about any sweaters I've made!

Which leads me to think I should make less sweaters...

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:14:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
I definitely buy sweaters that I know that I could not make for the price....let alone get the yarn for them. Fine gauge is almost a given...like the ones in LandsEnd...they are 30-40 dollars, and knit on like 00-0000 needles. Don't wanna, would not knit on those needles.

Kelley

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:14:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
I definitely buy sweaters that I know that I could not make for the price....let alone get the yarn for them. Fine gauge is almost a given...like the ones in LandsEnd...they are 30-40 dollars, and knit on like 00-0000 needles. Don't wanna, would not knit on those needles.

Kelley

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kdcrowley
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Posted - 06/04/2003 :  4:14:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit kdcrowley's Homepage Send kdcrowley a Private Message
I definitely buy sweaters that I know that I could not make for the price....let alone get the yarn for them. Fine gauge is almost a given...like the ones in LandsEnd...they are 30-40 dollars, and knit on like 00-0000 needles. Don't wanna, would not knit on those needles.

Kelley

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Maxtish
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USA
190 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:20:11 PM  Show Profile Send Maxtish a Private Message
I buy sweaters for myself and other adults generally because I know I realistically don't finish things for myself in a timely manner (we are talking years...). I do finish things for others though! I have a lot of friends having babies and I make things for my very close friends' children. I love kids stuff because it is small so by the time I get bored with the pattern, yarn, or technique the sweater is almost finished so that drives me on.

I don't tend to buy kids sweaters because I look at them and say I could do that much nicer and I might actually do it.

People who know I knit often ask if I have made the sweaters I am wearing myself and since I don't have too many sweaters I made for myself, the answer is often no. But I do point out my socks (I think I have more socks I knitted for myself than anything else!)

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Maxtish
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USA
190 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:20:11 PM  Show Profile Send Maxtish a Private Message
I buy sweaters for myself and other adults generally because I know I realistically don't finish things for myself in a timely manner (we are talking years...). I do finish things for others though! I have a lot of friends having babies and I make things for my very close friends' children. I love kids stuff because it is small so by the time I get bored with the pattern, yarn, or technique the sweater is almost finished so that drives me on.

I don't tend to buy kids sweaters because I look at them and say I could do that much nicer and I might actually do it.

People who know I knit often ask if I have made the sweaters I am wearing myself and since I don't have too many sweaters I made for myself, the answer is often no. But I do point out my socks (I think I have more socks I knitted for myself than anything else!)

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Maxtish
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USA
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Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:20:11 PM  Show Profile Send Maxtish a Private Message
I buy sweaters for myself and other adults generally because I know I realistically don't finish things for myself in a timely manner (we are talking years...). I do finish things for others though! I have a lot of friends having babies and I make things for my very close friends' children. I love kids stuff because it is small so by the time I get bored with the pattern, yarn, or technique the sweater is almost finished so that drives me on.

I don't tend to buy kids sweaters because I look at them and say I could do that much nicer and I might actually do it.

People who know I knit often ask if I have made the sweaters I am wearing myself and since I don't have too many sweaters I made for myself, the answer is often no. But I do point out my socks (I think I have more socks I knitted for myself than anything else!)

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PurlyGirlie
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:54:50 PM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
I definitely still buy sweaters...mostly fine-gauge or specially tailored or designed models, though. I'm trying to stick to my pledge of 'no more basic wool crewnecks,' though. So far, so good!

Sarah

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PurlyGirlie
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:54:50 PM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
I definitely still buy sweaters...mostly fine-gauge or specially tailored or designed models, though. I'm trying to stick to my pledge of 'no more basic wool crewnecks,' though. So far, so good!

Sarah

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PurlyGirlie
Chatty Knitter

USA
214 Posts

Posted - 06/05/2003 :  1:54:50 PM  Show Profile Send PurlyGirlie a Private Message
I definitely still buy sweaters...mostly fine-gauge or specially tailored or designed models, though. I'm trying to stick to my pledge of 'no more basic wool crewnecks,' though. So far, so good!

Sarah

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jade
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Posted - 06/06/2003 :  07:15:13 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Yeah, like several of the others have said I buy sweaters based on price and amount of work. This usually means I get machine-knitted ones which are more finely knitted than I want to make. I have bought lots of sweaters from ebay which has great prices on wool - I guess it's not as fashionable as other fibers? I found a handknit alpaca done in beautiful colors on ebay for about $30. I could make this - in theory - for around $150 and a couple of years of knitting!

Cheryl

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jade
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Posted - 06/06/2003 :  07:15:13 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Yeah, like several of the others have said I buy sweaters based on price and amount of work. This usually means I get machine-knitted ones which are more finely knitted than I want to make. I have bought lots of sweaters from ebay which has great prices on wool - I guess it's not as fashionable as other fibers? I found a handknit alpaca done in beautiful colors on ebay for about $30. I could make this - in theory - for around $150 and a couple of years of knitting!

Cheryl

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jade
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USA
1543 Posts

Posted - 06/06/2003 :  07:15:13 AM  Show Profile Send jade a Private Message
Yeah, like several of the others have said I buy sweaters based on price and amount of work. This usually means I get machine-knitted ones which are more finely knitted than I want to make. I have bought lots of sweaters from ebay which has great prices on wool - I guess it's not as fashionable as other fibers? I found a handknit alpaca done in beautiful colors on ebay for about $30. I could make this - in theory - for around $150 and a couple of years of knitting!

Cheryl

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katxena
Chatty Knitter

USA
330 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2003 :  07:07:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit katxena's Homepage Send katxena a Private Message
I buy sweaters -- ususally they are knit in fingering weight wools and are on clearance.

I'm only brave enough to use fingering weight yarns on socks -- I don't think I have the follow through to make a whole sweater with them!

Kris
http://www.papaya-palace.com
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katxena
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USA
330 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2003 :  07:07:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit katxena's Homepage Send katxena a Private Message
I buy sweaters -- ususally they are knit in fingering weight wools and are on clearance.

I'm only brave enough to use fingering weight yarns on socks -- I don't think I have the follow through to make a whole sweater with them!

Kris
http://www.papaya-palace.com
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katxena
Chatty Knitter

USA
330 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2003 :  07:07:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit katxena's Homepage Send katxena a Private Message
I buy sweaters -- ususally they are knit in fingering weight wools and are on clearance.

I'm only brave enough to use fingering weight yarns on socks -- I don't think I have the follow through to make a whole sweater with them!

Kris
http://www.papaya-palace.com
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katxena
Chatty Knitter

USA
330 Posts

Posted - 06/09/2003 :  07:07:04 AM  Show Profile  Visit katxena's Homepage Send katxena a Private Message
I buy sweaters -- ususally they are knit in fingering weight wools and are on clearance.

I'm only brave enough to use fingering weight yarns on socks -- I don't think I have the follow through to make a whole sweater with them!

Kris
http://www.papaya-palace.com
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