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Posted - 01/24/2014 :  6:14:37 PM  Show Profile  Visit stherio's Homepage Send stherio a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, so I have a full-time plus job. I can crank out maybe two sweaters a year along with assorted other smaller things. Up until a couple years ago, my sweaters were gifts. The last two have been for me, and I live in the Adirondacks. Needless to say, I need LOTS of wool sweaters. Here's my question (finally): I would like to find some sources of good sweaters to buy. Both Woolrich and L.L. Bean used to sell some pretty decent sweaters, but both have declined in both quality and choice. Today, I'm wearing an old wool Woolrich sweater that's about 20 years old. Yay, that's what I'm looking for, a sweater that will last that long. Any suggestions?


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Posted - 01/24/2014 :  6:48:12 PM  Show Profile  Visit purlthis's Homepage Send purlthis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For that sort of thing, I always hit a big thrift store or 3. I've found so many good true wool and cashmere sweaters for less than $10 each.

As I get older, I prefer to knit. Tracey Ullman
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Posted - 01/24/2014 :  10:50:25 PM  Show Profile  Visit Ceil's Homepage Send Ceil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd say keep knitting! There was an article in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago about really pricey sweaters. With some good wool yarn bought on sale, you can make a much better product. I know it takes time, but it seems to be very worth it. I got super impressed when someone in an airport commented on the Central Park Hoodie I was wearing, I guess she thought it was store-bought, and I guess that also means I must have done a good job on it (it's on my projects page at Ravelry).

(Ravelry: ceilr)
Time is never a factor when joy is involved.
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 01/25/2014 :  11:30:28 AM  Show Profile Send flicka a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I agree with Rachel. When I spill on/snag/get moth damage in a sweater I bought, whether thrift store or retail, I can carry on without too much regret.

This time of year there are very good sales on winter sweaters. My modus operandi is to buy for everyday wear, and knit garments I hope will have a long life (I hope even beyond my own lifespan).


P.S. Orvis and Pendleton still have nice quality garments.
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Posted - 01/27/2014 :  09:39:36 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yup, I agree with Rachel and Flicka. First place my brain went was thrift store.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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