Friday, January 18, 2008
The Frugal Hungarian Knitter Rationalizes
I have spent a season or more, considering buying a MixMaster. Talking to people, female only I confess, taught me that there are 2 very distinct camps on this issue. There is the I can't say enough about how much I LOVE my mixmaster camp AND the I never use the thing and it takes up too much space camp. Both camps are pretty passionate in their views.
Some quick market pricing gave this Frugal Hungarian pause. That's a lot of yarn money.....for something that I may not use much and don't have space to store.
Yesterday I found this fully functional retro MixMaster at my resale shop for Ten Dollars. Yarn Miracle Emily had already persuaded me to purchase SMALL BATCH Baking by Debby Maugans Nakos. I couldnt' refuse a ten dollar tiny mixmaster for my small-batch baking ventures. I vowed to cut my carbs in half this year, and this little gizmo would only help with the resolution.
The yarn. Well, it is Lornas' Laces wool/silk blend. Color: Mineshaft. Let's juts say that I have never spent so much money for a yarn. I justified it at the time. The yarn would make an heirloom quality throw for our own family. 4 of us would use it . Divide 180.00 by four. Now it is a forty some dollar gift for each one of us in the house. Never mind the joy that overcomes me everytime I touch this stuff.
So you do the math. The ten dollar mixmaster is holding a skein of the Mineshaft.
Here's the result: I made 5 chocolate chip cookies today and I am knitting the heirloom throw this afternoon. Am I still frugal or just kidding myself!?