Sometime during the past 20 years, the idea that you can save money by knitting your own sweaters and sewing your own clothes has been replaced with the concept of handcrafts as a luxury pursuit. It’s sad really.
Don’t get me wrong, I adore the merino and cashmere yarn of today, but a knitting obsession can easily get out of hand. One look at my stash will tell you that.
The good news is, if you’re just getting started knitting, you’re in the perfect position to buy your supplies and build your yarn stash economically.
I firmly believe the quality of your materials should match the time and effort you’re putting in. But you shouldn’t have to go broke for that to happen. Here are the basics of what you need and how to get it as cheaply as possible, without settling for acrylic yarn and plastic needles.