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Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:33 PM

"No, you cannot pay me to make you a blanket"

People always seem surprised when I turn down money to crochet them a blanket.

I'm flattered that they like my work.

I had more than 100 hour into the last blanket I made. Even if I thought my time were as worthless as $3/hr, I'd have to charge $300 or more for the blanket.

I have yet to find anyone willing to pay that kind of money.

I make blanket for people that I care about--and I give them as gifts.

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Reply "No, you cannot pay me to make you a blanket" (Original post)
MissMillie Jan 2014 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Jan 2014 #1
Arkansas Granny Jan 2014 #2
SheilaT Jan 2014 #3
Howler Jan 2014 #4
kcass1954 Jan 2014 #5
KarenS Feb 2014 #8
Ednahilda Jan 2014 #6
KC Feb 2014 #7
My Good Babushka Feb 2014 #9
Warpy Mar 2014 #11
Manifestor_of_Light Jan 2016 #14
Warpy Mar 2014 #10
SheilaT Mar 2014 #12
pipi_k Apr 2014 #13

Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:34 PM

1. My dear MissMillie...

You have a generous, loving heart.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 01:36 PM

2. Like you, I give most of my crocheted and knitted items away.

I've had people offer me money to make something, but they only consider the cost of the materials, not the time it takes to produce something unique. It truly is a labor of love.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 02:13 PM

3. You can always tell when someone has

 

never done any of these crafts, because they simply have not a clue the amount of time involved.

They also do not understand how much the yarn might cost. I have a particular scarf I like to make with four skeins of Noro yarn, which runs about $15/skein. So that's sixty bucks right there, and then there's the many hours involved in the crocheting.

Which is exactly why most of us give away stuff.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 02:30 PM

4. same here miss mille!

Only its with my tie dye and jewelry making.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 03:21 PM

5. Quilter here. I smile and bat my eyelashes, and sweetly say,

Oh honey, you can't afford me!

Fabric and materials at least $75-100. Plus a minimum of 30-40 hours of my time. For a baby quilt.

I make and give away quilts to special people in my life.

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Response to kcass1954 (Reply #5)

Sun Feb 2, 2014, 02:59 PM

8. me too,,,,

Quilter here.

Family, friends and charities receive my quilts.

If someone really wants to pay me ~ I just say go to the fabric store and buy me a yard or two of fabric ~ any color any theme =) I'm a scrap quilter so anything goes!!

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Fri Jan 31, 2014, 03:49 PM

6. I make bobbin lace.

Depending on the complexity of the pattern, it can take a half-hour or more to make an inch (I'm not exactly speeding, though.) Only somebody with deep pockets could afford to pay even minimum wage for a length of lace.

I make lace hankies as wedding day gifts to the brides in my family; very, very special people get pillowcase sets with handmade lace. Mostly I make lace to keep my mind sharp.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sat Feb 1, 2014, 01:44 AM

7. Same here

I've just given them as gifts for family
members or a few close friends.
They really have no clue what all goes into
crocheting, knitting or quilting.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Tue Feb 25, 2014, 08:25 AM

9. You could direct them to Etsy

There are lots of people there happy to make some bucks.

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Response to My Good Babushka (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:27 PM

11. Or nursing homes

A lot of women who are there for health issues and not mental issues knit full time to keep from going crazy from the boredom.

They favor pastel acrylic, OK for baby blankets but not much else.

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Response to Warpy (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 27, 2016, 07:53 AM

14. What I have found is

from experience, people who gave my grandmother hand crocheted or hand knitted blankets might have been in a nursing home, or just elderly. The blankets are never really big enough for an adult in bed.

Rule 1: They throw all sorts of bright and dark colors together with no seeming thought to color theory. Have no idea if they have any idea about what colors go together or not.

Rule 2: They must be pretty fierce, because everything is knit tightly with no stretch. Serious tension.
Example: I had a couple of pair of those simple knitted booties with two sides(left and right) knit as trapezoids, then stitched together. Couldn't get them on my feet because they were knit so tightly. And I have bony little narrow feet that I inherited from dad. Dress shoes used to have to be Italian, because nobody else made triple As.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 06:26 PM

10. I add up the hours it takes and tell them what my hourly pay was at my last job

before I retired and that my time is worth at least that much. That shuts them up fast.

Most civilians don't have a clue what sort of hours go into even a simple scarf.

If they're teachable, I teach them how to knit or crochet. If they are full of excuses, I send them to Etsy.

Knitting is like sex, I only do it for people I love and nobody has ever come up with enough to tempt me to do it for money.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 12:46 AM

12. I actually have a scarf I crochet

 

out of the Lion's Brand Homespun yarn. One skein makes a six foot long scarf which I either leave straight or crochet the ends together with the twist that makes it a Mobius scarf. I sell them for $20. It takes about two hours of uninterrupted crocheting to make one, and I actually make them at work sometimes. I never pay more than five dollars for the skein of yarn, so it's a reasonable return on my time. People who buy them often ask if I make hats to go with. Nope. The skein would make two hats (I think, I've never bothered to make one) and there would be unruly amounts of yarn leftover.

I have honestly considered crocheting a vast number of those scarves and getting a kiosk at the mall some Christmas season. However, if I did that I'd charge $25 to make up for the cost of renting the kiosk and to cover the sales tax amount.

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Response to MissMillie (Original post)

Tue Apr 1, 2014, 10:13 AM

13. Same here, and...

like nearly everyone has pointed out, people who don't knit/crochet or do other crafts have no idea of the time factor involved.


The most I'll do is allow the person to buy the yarn (if s/he asks me specifically to make something), especially if it's expensive, since we're on fixed incomes here.


But as far as the time factor goes, I have a particularly unamusing (to me) tale of the Booties From Hell which is going to get its own thread in a bit.






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