My DD used to think I was NUTS-she had a fresh new baby girl, and I was sending mega-boxes of kid's clothing 3 and 4 sizes too big. Five minutes later, after the kid grew 2 sizes, and DD was scrambling to find something to put on the darling, my shopping genius (and I am a bargain goddess) made sense-the baby had all these wonderful clothes, and she didn't spend a cent!
But there's a steady rumbling in the back of my brain...it dawned on me this afternoon when I was obsessing about the size of my stash (are we like men in that respect…whose is bigger?LOL) when the truth reared its ugly head. Like during the Depression, and thru the war years, suddenly it is cheaper to make clothes than it is to buy them. SERIOUSLY cheaper. It’s not that the yarn is inexpensive, or that we expect to bill .45 per hour for our time (we sit on our butts and watch TV anyhow)... it’s the added cost that's outrageous.
Case in point-a little girl’s sweater; here’s one from a popular store. It’s a middle of the road store, not a discounter, but not Saks either. It is NOT on sale. (I could theoretically by something from this store at full price.) This darling sweater is an acrylic cotton blend and costs 34.00. Plus, and this is the kicker, GAS. The nearest Gap is 30 miles away, one way. The national average for a gallon of gas is 2.99 a gallon, 4.04 is the top price (in Hawaii) and 2.28 in Greenville SC (is that a typo on MSN or do I need to move?) I would have to add my transportation cost in to the price of the sweater (plus lunch, or parking, depending on which mall I visted.) Yowza!
Better to knit it and quit obsessing about the size of my stash. Yarn, needles, USM/ISM/Bond and skill will save me a lot of money at Christmas. Pinch a nickel til the buffalo farts; suddenly, knitting is economical!