In the May 2010 edition of The Reader's Digest, they feature an article highlighting some of the most frugal people in the United States and the difference between being frugal and being a cheapskate. This made me think about myself and where I would fit on this scale of frugality. I've been raised by parents who shop the sales and the thrift shops and my mother's prowess with the art of sale shopping is unparalleled.
Now, as you all probably know, I'm a college student. I need every spare penny I can get. I save change and look for the highest possible re-selling price on my used textbooks. When it comes to knitting, is it wrong of me to go for the free patterns? I save the links of patterns too pretty to be lost, but too expensive to be bought in addition to the already expensive yarn. In the end, I always go for the free pattern that may not be exactly what I wanted, but close enough. It's not for a lack of desire to support designers. If I won a million dollars, I'd probably run to the yarn store after I finished paying for college, a car, and some savings. (and for the record, the car would still be cheap. I still need money for yarn!)
On a somewhat-related note, I'm almost done the lace part of my second sweater sleeve. Hopefully, I'll have pictures soon. We're moving into the warm-weather season where no one wants to be anywhere near worsted-weight wool. I'm also planning to embark on several smaller projects. I've realized that I really don't have any fun accessories for those rare days when I want to dress up. More on that later, though.