I’ve mentioned before that I always check the craft supply shelf when I’m at the Goodwill, and it’s very hit and miss, but when I score, I score BIG. Recently I found a bag of six big balls of a mustardy-gold wool roving for $3. It was probably dirt cheap because there were no bands on the wool indicating the fibre content or the yardage, and I doubt there are many fans of the mustard-gold variety. However, I am a wizard of the string and a fan of mustard gold. I had seen this exact colour of roving at the Yarn Factory Outlet in Listowel last summer while my family cried in the car about how horrible I was being to them regarding the whole pit stop for yarn. Ironically I had picked up some of the same wool roving for the littlest’s winter tuques, and she’s a big fan now.
So I knew the mustardy-gold roving was indeed 100% merino wool, and each 100g ball would have cost me about $9. That’s a steal. If you do the math, this same bag would have cost me over $50 plus taxes, and a bonus with shopping at the Goodwill is that you pay no tax. I was also thrilled because I was certain that I could squeeze an entire adult sweater out of this bag. I was giddy with excitement. I rushed home with my big bag of wool and quickly searched sweater patterns on ravelry (www.ravelry.com), and within minutes I had my pattern chosen. In fact, the Owls sweater was already in my knitting queue, and I had rather fortunately used some foresight and downloaded the pattern into my library while it was free. Next I scrounged around and dug up some needles to cast on, and voila!
Best of all the entire sweater was knit in three weeks. SWEET!! Can you believe that I knit this beautiful seamless fitted 100% wool sweater for only $3? I’m still in shock. And you know it’s a success when the teenaged daughter asks to borrow it!