I was just sitting here lusting over the new Patternworks Spring catalog when I noticed something called "Batooga Scarf Pattern" which calls for 9 colors of their new "Shokay" Tibetan yak down yarn.
Now I would love to try this yarn, never having knit with yak down and all. And I'm all for helping out Tibetan shepherds, but at $32/164 yd. skein, I doubt I will be trying this yarn anytime soon.
If my math isn't totally faulty this scarf would cost nearly $300 to knit, allowing for the fact that you would have lots of wool left over from each skein since it appears each color is only used for 3 wide stripes in the pattern.
Would you knit a $300 scarf? Would you give someone a $300 scarf? Would you actually wear a $300 scarf outside of a Hollywood Premiere at Telluride or Lausanne? I've spent well over $100 on wool for a sweater but this just seemed to be over the top to me.
My question to you guys (and gals) is: How much are you willing to spend on a new yarn or a new project?
Maybe I'm just turning into an old fuddy duddy but this seems so extravagant that it borders on ridiculous...