Dollar Store Knitting and Crochet, Part 1

I got distracted from my sweater, socks, and scarf. I started three new projects since the last time I posted. So now I’m working on six things at once. One of them is with luxurious, expensive yarn. The other two are with dollar store yarn. I am quite the yarn snob, actually, but I don’t disregard the cheap yarn. Besides, if I blogged about the shawl I’m making with my Malabrigo, I’d just be a knitting blog cliché. Pretty soon you’d be reading about how I like to hold a cup of Earl Grey in my hands that are covered by fingerless mits I knit up with cashmere.

So yes, let’s talk dollar store yarn. It doesn’t always have to be acrylic. My local dollar store has Egyptian crochet cotton in sizes 10 and 12, actually. 

But first, an explanation: in Spain the equivalent to the dollar store is “los chinos.” That’s right, our wonderful Chinese immigrants have cornered the market on dollar stores. Here’s a pic of my neighborhood dollar store, Bazar Li:

So, I went to Bazar Li and noticed they had a new display: acrylic yarns dyed in hideous colors. The colors are truly awful. But, the acrylic is recycled. It just so happened that I had been thinking about crocheting a Halloween afghan and had been looking through patterns. Bazar chino + cheap recycled acrylic dyed hideously = Halloween city. This is like going to the Dollar Tree store chain. It’s all cheap and you need to open your mind.

So, Tony’s #1 rule about dollar store crafting: if you’ve got a holiday-oriented project in mind, the dollar store is great for supplies. Check out my Halloween afghan I’m crocheting with cheap acrylic:

It’s the bomb. The squares are lifted from the “Skullholders” pattern that appears in Debbie Stoller’s The Happy Hooker. The rest is my granny improv. Ten bucks. Moths won’t eat it if I leave it lying around the house. The yarn is recycled. I can get my Halloween on.

So, there you go. The memes aren’t true. Life is too short NOT to use cheap yarn. If you’re thinking holiday colors you can’t go wrong because they’re the combinations we tend to avoid.