Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Store vs. Hand

So I went into Tar-jay last week to pick up a few things and of course I had to peruse the women's department.

And I don't know if it is because I am knitting more now that I am noticing more hand knits in the store. But I almost lost my mind up in there!

Everything that we are personally hand knitting is sitting on the racks in stores looking good and far more cheaper than what we could knit it (not to mention the time). Take a lookey:

The sister to Juliet!!


Is that the cousin to Flair?!?

And these are nice too....sigh

I know! Hand knitting is truly a hobby (since it is no longer called upon as a necessity).

But it just makes a little 'something something' jump inside of me when I see the machine knitted items in stores that I can just snatch up and buy with a blink of an eye!

Mmmmh...don't sleep on Tarjay's fashion! I luvs it! :oD Haha!

I know I know some of you would respond that hand knitting is unique, special, and all about the process. Not to mention the priceless care and love that goes into a garment. Yep, I do know that!

~ But do you just sometimes feel that the store knits are better than your hand knits?

~ That sometimes it is just more efficient and economical advantageous just to go out and buy it off the shelf?

Don't get me wrong I will still be over here knitting. Just sometimes I rather buy things right out the store, than sit down and make it myself! And I do!! LOL

Also, now that most folks know that I am knitting anything I wear that may resemble knitting there is the question of "Did you do it yourself??"

Soapy Knitter once made a personal proclamation that she would love to have all her sweaters in her closet hand knitted. Wow! Wouldn't that just be awesome?!? I can't even imagine that right now! Haha! :op

Just so you know I did leave out of Tar-jay with that cute swing sweater! ;op And I am eyeing all the other ones too in various colors of course! ;oD

What say you? Store vs. Hand knitting??

28 Comments:

  1. tina said...
    The sister to Juliet is from TARGAY??? Seriously, I'd be in the car now except they're closed. You found that in the store? Really..................
    Dani said...
    I say each has it's time and place, and it boils down to what makes you (as giver or recipient!) happier. There are seriously advantages and disadvantages to each IMO, and it really boils down to what works for you at the time.

    Enjoy your swing sweater *S*
    Adrienne said...
    WOW, very cute stuff!!!!! I am a process knitter, but all in all it depends on what each individual person wants! :-)
    Liz said...
    Ooooh, I love all of those knits.

    I think the difference between hand and shop knit is that you can make modifications if you knit it yourself, so that you have it in the exact colour and shape to fit your figure. You can change the number of buttons, length of sleeve and so on. Just look at the work on the silver belle kal. I don't think anyone has stuck rigidly to the original pattern!

    I'm a believer that there is a place for both to live happily alongside one another.
    gold said...
    Tar-Jay have the cutest things.Those sweaters are nice!!I am going to have to make a visit to Tar-jay today!!

    All your knitted things look great, but I guess sometimes you just want store bought things that are cute and cheaper to bought than make sometimes.
    Deborah said...
    I knit for the fun and therapy of it. I've never quite thought about the practical. If I did, I'd never buy another skein of blue sky yarn!
    Wendy said...
    I hear ya sister!
    For my day to day items I tend to wear and tear on the store bought stuff. You can usually find some really nice knits out there at various levels of prices and yarns (although I think they call their's threads). Hand knitting is truely a hobbie for me and reserved for special items. I'm still working on getting sizing just right and I usually look so much cuter in a great shaped store bought knit than in something I did by hand. I think of my knitting as accents to my wardrobe.... the highlight that brings a little somepin' somepin' to the overall look.
    urbanknitrix said...
    I would say the knitting bug has taken over the industry the pass 2 or 3 years now, so the knit sweaters aren't new to me. Lately, I have seen alot of fashionista with knit bags. I think I saw a picture of Angelina Jolie with a TO DIE FOR BAG!!! I have never wanted to knit a bag until now. As much as I spend on a bag, hopefully knitting a bag maybe a little cheaper - I will see.

    I know exactly what you mean when it comes to the price of some of our finished knit items. I use to think that it would be cheaper if I knit something....that is not the case. So, it's good that it is a hobby and a stree reliever, because a sistah would be pissed.

    As slow as I knit, I will definitely be buying more than knitting.
    Channon said...
    I have Target gift cards, and I now know how to use them. It's on the FAR opposite end of the city, but I'll make the trip, maybe tomorrow evening after an appointment that will already have me past my normal "as far north as I go" point in town...

    As for your quesitons...

    I don't have enough fitted garment experience to really weigh in, but I hope to change that in the upcoming fall/winter knitting season. Socks? Check. My friends and family actually are begging for them, even though I can certainly buy them cheaper. Why? Well, I bothered to ask. Firstly, the made with love thing is intangible. Next, most of the people in my intimate circle have "custom" feet. The women tend to have tiny feet, but don't want to wear My Little Pony socks. The men also have small feet, and while they are too macho for slippers, who can scoff at handknit socks on cool hardwood floors?

    Next, my cousin says it's all about footprints. (How large of an impact you're making on the environment, generally in more of a consumer/user sense...) When I hand knit something for her, I'm giving nods to all kinds of jobs, many of which are in jeopardy because of commercialization.

    And that's enough rambling from me!
    Michelle said...
    I am a Tar-Jay Junkie! Marcus wants me to stay out of Target! I can't wait for the new one near my house to open Oct.14!!! I love yellow sweater is so cute. And I already have the green sweeter that is almost like the flair...Love it!.

    I'm with you on purchasing knits as well! Time just doesn't permit to knit every sweater in my closet! But it nice to be able to tell folks that you knitted a sweater that they compliment you on!

    Okay...let me give off your blog before I go to Tar-Jay.com and go shopping! See you soon!
    Carmell said...
    ok i'm not a sweater person but if its cute i'll want it. i'll look at stuff in the store and be like i can make that and i can in the color i want rather than what they have here... but the real question is... do i want to wear it now or next year? cause it most likely won't be done till then.
    KimT said...
    well, i have to say that my hand knitting cannot compare to the store so I will always have more store bought than hand made. but i like the specialness of saying I made it myself!

    Those sweaters are way cute though. I love all the girly touches!
    WandaWoman said...
    I love hand knitting and that's my first love with wearing sweaters that I hand knit. That said, I have no issue with purchasing store bought sweaters. What I look for now if I do purchase a store bought sweater is a sweater in natural fibers. If I find a good buy in a style I like, color that wanted, natural fibers and a good price, I have no problems with it at all.

    A couple of years ago, I found a beautiful fair isle sweater, machine made, at Eddie Bauer for under $20, a cashmere cardigan for under $30 and a cotton/cashmere hoodie for $15. You bet I bought them and with no hesitation or shame.

    I'll have to check out the Target sweaters. Many of them are very cute and if they're well-made, they would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe.

    As much as I love hand knitting, some of them take awhile for me to finish. And machine knitted sweaters are knit so fine, which are usually good for me, as I get too warm alot and the fineness of the yarn is just enough weight, but without being too heavy and hot.
    Reckless Glue said...
    god I wish we had target in Canada!

    I notice old navy is also flogging a big "fair isle" line right now as well. I'm no treally a fan of fairisle to begin with, but their's is particularly half-assed looking.
    PAJNSTL said...
    i would be a fool to think that all the knits i own would be hand knit by moi! lol My pockets dont strectch that deep. In theory it would be nice to wear your own creations ALL the time.
    Rosi G. said...
    Cute stuff!! I buy store bought stuff too. Especially thin turtlenecks.

    But I do prefer my handknits. Ain't nothing like wearing something you made yourself with pride!!
    KelInCal said...
    Either way works for me! If I see something I want in the store, then I'm going to buy it, regardless of whether I could knit it myself. If I see a pattern/yarn that I want to knit, then I'm going to knit it, regardless of whether I could go out and buy it.

    I'm easy that way! :D
    Renee said...
    I just got a flyer in the mail from Old Navy and they have some very pretty fair isle sweaters with pom poms and all sorts of fanciness. My love of knitting won't stop me from buying one (or two).

    Seeing pretty sweaters in the stores only makes me want to increase my knitting skills so maybe one day I can hope to knit one for myself.
    Lynn said...
    I love to knit, but I do it because of the process. I'd never have a sweater if I only wore what I knit. Do I think that a sweater handknit for someone is better than a store bought one? Hell yes, and I also know a BMW is better than a Ford..but we do what we can do. ;)
    diddlinaknits said...
    yeah i have been way more knit goods out in stores-Target is my FAVE store! i have been eyeing some of there things too!!
    i have to admt if there is something i can buy that is close to what i want to knit-i just buy it-becuase it is cheaper-i already know it looks good,(my FO might not) and then it means i can cross that off my list and move on to something else ot just postpone a project :) or i just know i wont have something knit for the season. and Target has GREAT stuff!! sometimes you haev to say Yes!!
    del said...
    I always notice knitted items...my kids are embarrassed whenever I say "I wonder if that's handknitted" LOL. And I always think "I could make that" especially if it's a simple stockinette sweater. I feel the same way Soapy Knitter does. I love the fashions in stores, but if I feel I can make it, I won't buy it. Crazy, huh??
    Sheila said...
    WHAT!!! I was in Tarjay yesterday and guess I was too busy looking at scrapbooking stuff and didn't see those pretty knits...lol - I like the best of both worlds.
    moo said...
    Since I barely ever knit anything for myself, I buy sweaters at the store for me. But I do enjoy the process of knitting, of course. That is why I like to knit for others, because I think of that person while I am knitting the garment or afghan. Oh, and those items from Target are mondo cute!
    anna said...
    i've thought about this and discussed it quite a bit. for me, when i look inside of a label at something on the rack, noawdays, it's made out of some super cheapo acrylic or paper thin cotton. hardly worth my money. i still buy my cute closes from aeropostle and my thick cotton polo shirts from american eagle though!

    all in all, i'm a sistah that gets cold a lot, so it's worth it to have plenty of handknit sweaters, cardis, and the like. i hope to eventually have a closet full of handknit sweaters and socks! in-store just can't beat that! except for maybe the occasional baby phat goose down jacket, LOL.
    Working Mom Knits said...
    Dude - we're not ALL crazy. Store-bought is just so very instantly gratifying for those of us into instant gratification!

    Now, you need to do some penance for actually blogging about such things. We'll grant your absolution if you use some of your left-over Lizzie yarn to whip up a square or two for Michaela's charity project (there's a link on my blog : 0
    turtlegirl76 said...
    Personally, I don't feel bad at all about buying something if it's "of the moment" and by the time I'm done knitting it it's already out of style. But for something that could be a wardrobe staple for years to come - yup, I'd rather hand knit it.
    Jeanine said...
    I'm partial to both. I love it when people compliment me on my handknits. For me, it depends on the sweater and the time and sometimes money it would take ME to make it. The sister to Juliet is cute! I LOVE me some Tarjay!
    Michelle said...
    I love the hand knitted stuff, but you know I wish I had more time and could knit faster! So I combine both...I keep chuckling when I see all the swing jackets, it makes me thinkg if Wendy's flair!!

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