Long ago, when He Who Wears Levi's and I were first married, I sewed slip covers for our sofas from canvas drop-cloths purchased from our local hardware store. At $29.00 per drop-cloth (which if pieced together just so was just enough fabric to cover an entire 3 cushion couch) it was the bargain of the century -- those of you who have ever priced enough canvas fabric to cover an entire sofa know what I'm talking about. I restored flea-market finds and "recycled" my own older pieces with coats of fresh paint or faux finishing of various types. Essentially, being a stay-at-home mom of three, I decorated on a dime and loved every minute of it.
Now-a-days our finances have improved somewhat, but I still like to think that I'm practical when I can be. Take the Babette Blanket for instance from the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet Magazine. When I saw it, it was love at first sight. Until. Until I priced the "called for" yarn to make it. "What yarn does it call for?" you ask? KOIGU, people. KOIGU!!! An entire blanket made from KOIGU! I don't know about y'all but I'm doing good to afford enough Koigu to make a pair of SOCKS, let alone an entire blanket! I know, I know..... "but it's KOIGU....", I can hear you all saying with a melodic sigh. But here, let me show you the math. The pattern calls for 22 skeins of Koigu at $12.00 per skein. That comes to a mere $264.00. Not too bad for a blanket made from KOIGU, eh? But wait. According to the pattern specs, the finished "blanket" is a whopping 43" wide and 40" long. My bath towels are bigger than that!!! That's about the size of a baby blanket at just over 3 feet long! See my point? So. Here's what I'm doing. I'm making a Babette Blanket, but instead of the Koigu, I'm using (some of you may want to look away) COTTON EASE! That's right! The new colors of Cotton Ease just happen to be the EXACT colors of my current home decor and I just couldn't resist! I'm not sure how much of the Cotton Ease I'll have actually used when this Babette's finished, but at $4.00 for 205 yards of Cotton Ease versus $12.00 for 175 yards of Koigu, I'm pretty sure it'll be substantially cheaper. PLUS, my Babette will be about twice the size of their KOIGU version. Now THAT'S a blanket! And THAT'S practical!