Crochet · Crochet Advice

How to crochet on a budget // Tejiendo bajo un presupuesto

Now, I know some of you are probably thinking, she is going to talk about acrylic yarns, or this sounds hard, I mean there are so many beautiful, colorful yarns that just speak to our crafty souls, how can we not give them a loving home? Well, number one, while I like using acrylic yarns for numerous projects, I shall not really be talking about them.

Tal vez estén pensado que voy a escribir de hilos acrilicos o tal vez “esto suena dificil. hay tantas lanas teñidas por tintoreras talentosas que le suspiran a mi alma, cómo no voy a darle un hogar lleno de amor? Bueno, primero, aunque me gusta usar acrilico para una gama de proyectos, no les voy a hablar de esto hoy,

And number two, for me the answer of, no I should not purchase the yarn is quite simple. It all boils down to currently having no independent income. I speak truth here guys, I currently have no income. I don’t like to use the term unemployed because even though I don’t work “outside” ,  I am trying my hardest to make blogging my paying job. Being very, very honest, for the past four months I have made a total of $55.00 and that was from my etsy store. Now, your situation might be entirely different from my current one but I would still like to share how I craft on a budget.

Número 2, para mi la respuesta a “es muy dificil controlarme” (aunque, sí lo encuentro dificil) es bien sencilla y tiene que ver con dinero. Actualmente no tengo ninguna recompensa monetaria. No les miento, actualmente no tengo ninguna remuneción monetaria. No use el término desempleada porque aunque no trabajo fuera de la casa si trabajo 8 horas o más al día en este blog. Hablando bien claro, en los últimos 4 meses el único ingreso ha sido $55 de mi tienda de etsy. Ahora, tu situación puede ser completamente diferente a la mía, pero quiero compartir como yo tejo con mi presupuesto.

  1. Work from Stash // Trabajo con mi colección
  • I was very lucky that due to my previous job of working as a Librarian and living at home, I was able to build a pretty decent stash. Now, if you like me, just have lonely skeins of yarns with no partners, you may not see how to make a big project with them. The solution, color coordinate! You may not have 3 hanks of the same yarn but you may have 3 hanks that you can coordinate. Do not be afraid of doing this, to even things out just wear a colorful sweater with some jeans or a neutral colored pant (this is what I do, I just love using neutrals and colors together. Or, if you are way adventurous you can take up Purely Patricia’s motto of “Nothing Matches and Everything Goes!”

 

  • Tuve mucha suerte que debido a mi previo trabajo de bibliotecaria y al esta viviendo con mis padres pude acumular suficiente hilo para varios proyectos. Ahora bien, si cómo yo su colección está repleta de madejas solitarias tal vez piensen que no pueden tejer proyectos grandes con ellas. No es cierto! Coordinen los colores y verán las maravillas que pueden producir! No le tengan miedo a los colores siempre los pueden coordinar con mahones o colores más neutrales. Cómo nos dice Purely Patricia, “Nada combina pero todo coordina!.

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  • If however your stash is not substantial for what you wish to do, I say. // Sí su colección no tienen mucha variedad de lanas para una gama de proyectos diferentes no les entre la tristeza!

2. yarnsub.com

  • It may be a bit of a challenge to work from stash with certain projects. But do not fear, you can always find a suitable substitute in yarnsub. Just keep in mind that you may have to double check the yardage to make sure that you actually have enough yarn.
  • Accepto que es un reta trabajar solamente de nuestras colecciones pero no cunda el pánico, existe yarnsub.com, una página web diseñada para encontrar substitutos para hilos. Asegurensé de no solo comparar material sino también yardas y peso.

3. Purchase Discontinued yarns // Compre hilos descontinuados

  • This is how I actually built up a lot of my “commercial” yarn stash. I mean, who doesn’t love a bargain? The challenge with discontinued yarns is that you have to purchase a decent quantity to be able to account for your future project. I determine this based on the yarn blend. If you are not careful, you may over buy and exceed your budget. That is how I ended up with my large stash of Frog Tree Picaboo yarns, not that this was necessarily a bad thing, as I did end up with 2 blouses from this yarn.
  • Hubo un tiempo que la mayor parte de mi colección se componía de hilos descontinuados, porqué? Los ponen a precios muy cómodos. Lo único “malo” es que dependiendo el proyecto hay que comprar grandes cantidades para no jugar gallinita con el hilo. Claro que si no nos controlamos terminamos comprando cantidades descontroladas de hilo (no que sea tan malo), así fue que terminé con suficiente hilo de frog tree picaboo para completar dos blusas.

 

4. Always, Always browse the clearance section of a website.

  • Clearance and discontinued are sometimes closely associated because the company may be discontinuing some colors but not an entire range. But, usually clearance is  used to promote off season yarns, say buying wool yarns in the summer and cotton yarns in the winter. Webs is a great website to follow for sales and bonus, they have two different yarn sale sections!
  • Speaking of sales, Keep your ear on the ground! Companies usually have big sales once or twice a year which provides you with the perfect opportunity for stash building and bargain shopping!

5. Yarn gifts

  • We all have gift receiving days, don’t we? Don’t be afraid to hint or ask for money as gifts on these days or if you have a specific yarn that you wish to cuddle with, ask for yarny gifts. Seriously guys, don’t be afraid to voice your gift wishes. I know of at least 10 family members who would much prefer it is I outright told them what to get me for Christmas, and my birthday.
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This yarn was a Christmas gift from my mom. My love of Alice in Wonderland told in yarn.

6. Don’t shy away from “big yarn companies”

  • Seriously, they make so much more than acrylic! Although acrylic does have many, many uses. Anyway, yarn companies like yarnspirations and lionbrand are releasing some lovely lovely yarns. Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (a cotton acrylic blend is in my stash waiting for a garment design and it feels lovely!) Lion brand has a yarn that I am just dying to try, its a cotton bamboo blend, one of my absolute faves! http://www.lionbrand.com/lb-collection-cotton-bamboo-yarn.html and umm can we talk about Knit Picks?! Seriously, a gorgeous yarn company with affordable and luxury yarns for everybody. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING!
  • Las compañías grandes de hilo hacen mucho más que acrílico. Nada en contra este hilo, son muy buenos para muchos proyectos. Cómo les iba diciendo, compañías como yarnspirations y lionbrand estás produciendo unos hilos exquisitos. Bernat Softee Baby Cotton (una mezcla de algodón y acrílico que por el momento está durmiendo en mi colección. ) Liobrand tiene un hilo de algodón y bambú con el cual me encantaría diseñar una blusa! Hablemos de Knit Picks, una companñía con hilos para todo el mundo, es un agujero negro de lana, algodón, seda, mencionalo y lo tienen!
  • There are so many options and blends to choose from, just let your imaginations run wild. // Dejen que sus imaginaciones corran y gozen de todas las mezclas posibles!

7. Don’t shy away from free pattern // Gozen de los patrones gratuitos, no hay nada mejor para un diseñador que tejan sus patrones, el corazón hace BOOM!!!

  • There are so many to choose from, so many bloggers put out great content. // Aquí una lista de blogs que producen patrones bellos y preciosos.
  • sewrella
  • megmadewithlove
  • the hook nook life
  • tlyarncrafts
  • bobwilson123
  • One Dog Woof
  • Susimiu
  • There are so many others! Seriously just google crochet blogs and you will not be dissapointed!
  • Hay tantos blogs buenisímos, solo hagan una busqueda de google y les aparecerán una lista grandiosa.

Do you guys have any special tips and tricks for keeping your crochet in hand? Share them in the comments section below!

¿Tienen consejos para mantener su tejido en presupuesto? Compartanlos en los comentarios!

 

XOXOXO

 

Clarisabeth

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