Hot off the heels of my All About Ravelry series, I hopped on Ravelry today because I was curious to see what kind of groups it might have available in reference to knitting frugally.
To refresh your memory from part 1 of All About Ravelry, a group is a subsection of Ravelry in which a group of knitters gather to discuss a particular topic. The group will have an overview, a discussion forum, pages (usually collections of links and tips), and so on.
As it turns out, there are a bunch of groups on Ravelry devoted to thrifty/frugal knitting! So if you’re interested in getting more ideas on saving money/spending less on knitting, check out the groups listed below.
Frugal/Thrifty Knitting Groups on Ravelry
Frugal Knitters: This was the first Ravelry group I ever found devoted to this topic. It’s a large group that offers lots of great tips and tricks to saving money on knitting.
Thrifty Knitters: And this might be Ravelry’s oldest thrifty/frugal knitting group. It’s been operating for 8 years now, and it includes over 7,000 members. The number of resources it offers for thrifty living (in addition to thrifty knitting) is quite remarkable. It also runs monthly decluttering challenges and offers a “marketplace” thread where members can offer their own items for sale/trade.
Scrap Happy: One of the best ways to save money on yarn is to, of course, use the yarn you already have. If you hate to throw away yarn and want to use up every last scrap, this is the group for you! In this group you’ll find loads of free patterns that you can use for scrap-busting, opportunities to swap scraps, and more.
Unravelers: This is THE group specializing in purchasing sweaters for cheap and unraveling them to reclaim yarn. If you need any kind of help in this venture, this group offers both resources and advice.
Will Work for Yarn: Love yarn? Have a skill that not all knitters have (that may not even be knitting-related)? You’ll want to check out this group, in which knitters offer their expertise (whether it’s knitting-related or not) in exchange for yarn. Bartering at its best!
Only Half a Skein: Similar to Scrap Happy, this group is designed to help its members find ways to use yarn in amounts of 25 grams or less. You’ll find plenty of patterns here.
Thrifty Knitters Sock Club: This is one of my favorite groups, and one of these days I might actually get involved! You may have seen or heard about one of those sock clubs run by yarn companies or yarn shops — the idea is that you pay a certain subscription fee, and every month you’ll receive a new batch of sock yarn and a pattern. Sounds like fun, but expensive, right? The Thrifty Knitters Sock Club uses this idea and gives it a thrifty spin. Every month they offer a new free sock pattern, and then you, the knitter, can select your own in-stash sock yarn for the pattern. All the fun of a sock club subscription but none of the expense! You’ll also get tips on sock knitting and help in finding sock yarn bargains.
From Trash to Treasures: This group is all about reusing, repurposing, upcycling, recycling, thrifting, and mending. Rather than throwing out and purchasing new, the object of this group is to help its members find ways to use anything that you already have. If you hate to throw things out and are constantly looking for ways to use old things in new ways, this could be the group for you.
I hope that these Ravelry groups will give you lots of great new ideas on saving money in your knitting – and possibly some new places to join in the conversation online.