|In the words of Sinead O'Connor,|
Nothing compares 2 U
Many of the younger knitters seem to appreciate the instant gratification of buying a single pattern. While I can understand the desire to purchase exactly what you want, exactly when you want it, I can not understand the justification of spending almost 400% more per pattern. Yes, I know that there are exceptions - undiscovered talented designers being the biggest one - and I can appreciate them. There are many patterns that I find on Ravelry that I love but I just can't justify the cost.
If I were to purchase my patterns in this fashion, there would be so much more that I couldn't knit because of the cost involved to simply get the pattern. I would much rather wait and be the proud owner of a collection who has enough monies left over to purchase the necessary yarn to begin making a project. Sure, I could attempt to revamp my budget to allocate a slush fund specifically for single pattern purchases - it would basically cannibalize my latte fund... which, now that I think about it, is always at nil. Now there's a true monetary picture of how it would work out for me - the fund would always be empty... and not from use!
Pokey poses the argument that the simple desire to own the piece justifies the cost of the pattern... and to some extent he is correct in his thinking. He also feels the same way about spending $8 on a jar of sauce when the $1.50 jar tastes exactly the same - he's a label snob and he admits it freely. I understand it and there are a few things in this world that I won't be frugal with because there is a definite quality difference between the two. That doesn't really apply here though because the pattern is the same, no matter how you purchase it. Even when you look at the more expensive yarns, those are more easily justified because you can get years of enjoyment out of a garment which off sets the cost over time. The reality of you knitting the same pattern repeatedly until you get the same value percentage return is nonexistent... even with socks.
|True love, forever|
Hopefully, technology and the public's need for instant gratification won't cannibalize the pattern book industry. The act of getting a new pattern book is a completely euphoric experience for me - the smells, the sounds, the sights and textures. You can't recreate that with a downloaded pdf. Give me a good old fashioned book any day - I've got a crisp twenty waiting.