Back when I was buying lots of quilting fabric, I remember thinking . . if fabric costs keep going up, I’m not going to be able to keep buying fabric. Quilting fabric was probably edging up close to $7/yard back then. What quilter wouldn’t love to be paying $7/yard for fabric these days? I’ll always be thankful for the fabric I got and for the price I paid for it.
Lately I’ve been hearing rumblings about yarn prices increasing. I definitely understand and can appreciate the need for prices to increase. What isn’t going up? There’s only so much that can be absorbed before the price increases have to be passed along to the consumer.
This morning I was reading my email and saw three emails from indie yarn dyers that their yarns are going up the first of the year and then saw a couple of designers whose patterns are all going up on Ravelry. The increases are all small but it will affect some and makes me thankful for the patterns and the stash I have. A small increase in the cost of patterns is not going to stop me from buying a pattern I really want but it may cause me to re-think how many patterns I buy. On Ravelry, we can add patterns to our “Favorites” so we can go back and find them easily and then when I am ready to buy the pattern, I can buy it. There are hundreds of patterns in my library that I’ve purchased and will probably never make so . . that may stop.
I’ve already committed to buying way less yarn in 2019. I actually bought quite a bit less in 2018 than I had been buying. I made a lot of things but mostly what I made was small. I don’t think I started and finished a single sweater in 2018. I made shawls, socks, hats . . nothing big though.
With the prices of yarn and fabric going up, and the retirement budget, I’m very thankful for what I have sitting around here waiting to be used.