Yarn comes in a wide range of prices as does fabric so it's impossible to say which is the less expensive medium however, the question did pop into my mind yesterday as I added the fifth ball of yarn to my current project.... a scarf.
Finished, it'll be 12" x 72" or 864 square inches. A meter of 45" wide fabric is 1,800 square inches. The yarn is from my stash. I bought it years ago and can't remember exactly what I paid but an online price of $6.95 per skein sounds like something I would pay. For five skeins, that's $34.75 in total. If I divide the total size of the fabric by the total size of the scarf, the fabric is 2.083 times larger. Multiply that amount by the price of the yarn and a knitted piece of equivalent size to the fabric would be $72.95 - a price I would never pay for a meter of fabric which means I'm knitting REALLY expensive fabric with an average priced yarn. Gulp for the really expensive yarn.
Every skein of this yarn has had a knot in it. The last one had two knots with one close to the beginning but not close enough to start over and one about two thirds of the way through. That's annoying. And these aren't tiny knots. The squares in the picture above are an inch by an inch. That knot is HUGE. Each time, I've had to cut the ends and blend which means there will be way more than five sets of ends to weave in when I'm done. That's annoying. It would make me think twice about buying this yarn again even though it is incredibly soft and knits up beautifully.
The yarn is wound around cardboard cores. They're big enough to slip over my wrist, firm enough to withstand wearing, and wide enough to be used as is or cut down to narrower widths. Naturally, my mind is pondering bracelet ideas... perhaps painted bracelets. It seems like an interesting challenge to successfully paint cardboard. I'm having breakfast with a friend this morning. She's a painter so I'll ask her for suggestions. It might be fun to paint lines on bracelets.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - large skeins of yarn, long enough for a complete scarf, without knots