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The Frugality of Knitters

June 25th, 2013 at 06:34 pm

The frugality of knitters
- our hobby actually results in something useful (we had a long discussion about this because most of us like nice yarn which isn’t cheap and we knit sweaters which take more yarn than a scarf made out of “eyelash yarn”... still - most hobbies don’t usually culminate in something you’d pay good money for)
- we darn our socks (we actually own darning eggs; some of them are passed down from our grandmothers)
- most of us also know how to sew (at least to mend)
- all of us have gardens with herbs/veggies
- two of us keep bees, one of us makes her own ketchup, we all make our own bread
- two of us make our own lotion bars (and they are much better than the lotion you buy in the store, plus you know what is in them!)
- we share books among ourselves; we mostly all like to read the same things
- when one of us was ill, we all went to her house and cleaned it for her; this is what community is all about!
- we all drive cars that are.. paid for!
- at least two of us get our hair cut at the barber shop ($15)
- we almost never eat out because we “can make it better ourselves!”

Actually the last one is at the heart of the Frugality of Knitters. There is a strong strain of self-sufficiency and being able to make things that most people buy in the store... because “we can make it better ourselves.” (This includes our sweaters and socks of course). The corollary to that sentiment is... “why would I buy that if I can make it myself?” (e.g. pie crust, a simple skirt, salsa, handwarmers, teriyaki sauce, your child’s drawstring snack bag, a pillow cover, bread).

I just found out on this blog that I could be making my own laundry detergent (one of the knitters said she tried it and it didn’t dissolve well in her front loader, but I’m still going to try). What do you make yourself that most people buy in the store?

4 Responses to “The Frugality of Knitters”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I make all our scarves and hats. I've made several blankets. I've made pillows. I've made placemats and linen napkins out of old sheets. I've made curtains.

  2. Suzanne Says:

    I make greeting cards!

  3. Miz Pat Says:

    I plan on learning to make my own soap

  4. Buendia Says:

    Love the resourcefulness! I wish I could make more... saw a "recipe" for sunscreen (it's basically coconut oil and zinc oxide). My friend once made jam from berries that were growing on her tree - but she had no idea what kind of tree it was and what those berries were - scary!

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