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Works In Progress – 2012 into 2013

My work in progress update is kind of early this weekend. I don’t have a lot of progress so I thought I’d just get on with it.

I still have nine squares to finish for the snowflake afghan and will get on that hopefully in a week or so. I want to finish the scarf for my daughter-in-law then will go back to it. I am half way done with the scarf. Check out my progress.

Because our kids were here today, I didn’t go down to Culture Stock this week. Next week I am going back to see the progress everyone has made. While we were there last week, my cousin was talking about the washcloth I made for her daughter last Christmas. She said she loved it, and it was her favorite. How can I not add a couple more to my list of Christmas knitting? They only take a couple of hours to make, so I should not have any trouble whipping them up before the holidays.

So for Christmas I will be finishing the scarf, snowflake afghan and washcloths. I should have plenty of time as long as life doesn’t get in the way. If I have a bit of extra time (stop laughing!!) I got a really cool pattern today for knit ribbons. Some of the gifts would look pretty cool with these – but I am not sure I’ll actually have time to do these. Just the thought of tying up those cute little washcloths in a pretty homemade bow sounds like a plan. We’ll see how this best laid plan works out.

That leaves a pair of socks, the alpaca hat and buffalo mittens undone for the year. I don’t feel horribly bad because I’ve made good progress on all the other goals I’ve set.

The biggest short coming (is that an oxymoron??) is my lack of progress on The Knitting Guild of America’s Master’s Program. I’ve completed three of the swatches, but am going to do them over again because I have different yarn to use. It hasn’t even been wound yet, but will be done between Christmas and New Year’s because I have a glorious 10 days off work.

So I am now getting my 2013 list of projects ready. The Master’s program, two baby afghans (prolific parents in our circles!), shawl for my girlfriend’s birthday in March and the three leftover projects from 2012 are on the pre-list list for now 🙂 And possibly learning how to work my awesome knitting machine that I got from my mom.

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Charging for handiwork – How do you set the price?

Do you sell your knits? How do you determine how much to charge for your handywork?  I am a big sissy when it comes to charging people. Family just pays for the yarn, not my time. Friends are on the honor system sort of. I usually just say “whatever” and hope it covers my supplies.

 

I know I should charge accordingly, but it isn’t like there is a set price around for hand knit items. They can vary so much by difficulty, yarn used, how fast you work – there are a million variables. Recently I made a pair of baby blankets for a woman at work. I always work on my needlework projects at lunch and she fell in love a shell afghan I was working on for my daughter-in-law’s friend. Her daughter was expecting twins (and has two healthy baby boys now) and she wanted me to make them for her grandbabies. The yarn she wanted was on sale for approximately $15, and it took me about a week to complete between work and life. She was more than generous, giving me $80 for the pair. This was much more than I would have asked, but I was very appreciative of her acceptance of the amount of work and skill it takes to make a hand knit (or in this case crocheted) item.

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I looked on the internet to see if there were any guidelines. As you can imagine, there are as many guidelines as to how much to charge as there are people to  create hand made items.

A blog that I subscribe to, Remily Knits, mentioned charging .25 per yard ad the cost of the yarn. Another site recommended charging 3 to 4 times the amount of the cost of the yarn. What if you buy the yarn on sale? What if you had it in your stash and forgot what you paid? Thinking about basic socks, I like to use nice yarn. I’d say the average cost is around $25.00 for a pair. I can’t think about telling someone I need $75.00 to knit them some socks. Of course that would probably be a payment of less than $1 an hour if they were anything more than plain cuffed socks.

It is a tough call. I knit because I like to keep myself busy with something that is productive. It makes me happy to give something I’ve made to family and friends. I will never make a living out of knitting, but knitting brings pleasure to my living. In the end that is all that matters.

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