How would you have responded?The other day I got this email from a knitter that I've been thinking about quite a bit.
|2-Color Sampler Cowl|
I was a little thrown off by the comment and it took me a little while to respond because, while I was flattered that she liked the pattern, I couldn't quite wrap my head around her disappointment at the time.
So, when I find a pattern I like, whether knit or crochet, while the yarn used is a selling point, I don't think it the definitive of whether I will make the pattern. Heck, I don't think I've ever used the yarn called for in the pattern. Have you? Maybe when I was a newbie. But definitely not now and not for a long time.
When I see one of my designs knitted up, I don't care what yarn is used. As long as the knitter is satisfied with their results. On Ravelry, there is a project for the 2-Color Sampler Cowl and the crocheter used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice and their project turned out fantastic.
I think that was what threw me off. This knitter was disappointed because the yarn was expensive. So what?!
When I design, the yarn used in the sample is a suggestion. I assume the knitters and crocheters would substitute for a comparable yarn in their own price range. I've worked up pattern that called for cashmere with merino wool/acrylic blends, and wouldn't think less of the designer for using a lesser priced yarn. That's the beauty of the fiber arts, it's all about your own personal choices.
So, my response was diplomatic. While she didn't buy the pattern and might never buy any of my patterns, I am not The Knitting Police. I advised her that while the yarn is priced at $32.50 per skein, she could easily substitute for another yarn of a similar gauge and drape. I also have her a list of some staple, price conscious yarns she could use, even some acrylics.
While I've had the great opportunity to crochet and knit with some fantastic yarns, I'm all for substituting yarns when needed. None if us should be selling our first-borns for yarn. Use the best yarn you can afford. I still go to Jo-Ann's Fabrics to pick up a few skeins, especially when I have a coupon. Don't judge. Their Paton sock yarn is awesome.
We are in an era where there is so much Internet shame. There's the constant out-doing the next guy, one upping your neighbors, and keeping up with the Jones.
This is our craft, our hobbies. Lets keep it fun and judgement free.
So now it's your turn. Leave a comment: Do you use the yarn listed in the pattern or do you go rogue and substitute?
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