It's really not what you think.
Just where is my spring?
Last week, I thought I might have been confusing the first graders teaching them about the changes that occur during spring when we were still getting snow on the ground. But, this mellow yellow yarn helps though.
I promised a co-worker a baby blanket, once again proving it's so much better to give than to be told, “I'll pay you to make me a (insert knitted item here).” For one, a handcrafter/knitter almost never get what it's worth, which brings the value of handmade items down. Many people just don't know what goes into searching for and paying for the right materials, let alone the actual making of the final knit. Even at $5 a ball of yarn (a gross underestimation of what yarn costs normally amount to, I know), small to medium-sized projects will start at at least $10-$40 for two to eight balls of yarn. For a small to medium-sized knit, most items will take somewhere between two to ten hours. At the same $5 an hour (a gross underestimation of the value of the craft, I know) that would be another $10-$50. Even for a hat, that is going to be roughly $20 (assuming there's at least two yarns in it and it only takes you two hours to make). Of course, a hand knit hat should go for more than that, in my opinion. Spinning your own doesn't make it much cheaper, if it cuts the cost at all. Imagine buying fiber even just at $5 an ounce to spin and knit up for someone and see how the cost goes up even further. A four ounce package of hand painted/dyed fiber usually costs me $20 or more for decent fluff. When the LYS normally sells most yarn in standard 2 or 3 ounce balls, that's really not much more of a cost-effective option to me. Keep in mind, that's still about $10-$15 just for the hat we're discussing assuming it's going to be between 2-3 ounces to make. Add to that the time it takes to spin (or dye should you choose undyed fiber) and that an average knitterly pace is somewheres between 20-25 stitches per minute. That is 1200-1500 stitches per hour. At some point, after the second rinse of the dye, and/or the second hour of spinning, and/or the 2400th stitch of knitting, you might want a little more than $20 for a hat,especially when the materials cost near that anyway. But, I know those who would balk at the asking price because they could get the same hat cheaper at a store. Well, no duh! To them, I'd say, “Go for it.” I'd much rather direct them to a store than obligate myself to making something for them when they clearly undervalue all that goes into making something by hand. My advice always is: Befriend a knitter and maybe someday, you might get something nice. When they're gifts, you can take your time and put all the heart in it you want. Never once do you have to feel stressed about when it has to be done or getting certain colors or whatever. It's the way knitting should be.
Sigh. Knitters have big hearts, don't they? I promised this blanket months ago. I could even put it off longer if I wanted. Babies need blankets when they're one year old too, lol. But, I figured I had better get started anyway since this baby is due in July and I need something to knit. :)
Once upon a time, these Mason-Dixon log cabin blankets were all the rage. They're still pretty cute, easy knitting, and since she's not a knitter, so she won't know she missed the bandwagon, lol. In yellow, white and gray, it will be just enough to help persuade spring to hurry up and beckon the warmth of summer months to arrive earlier…I hope. All these yarns are superwash too, so, it should be easy care for the mommy-to-be.
After this, I promised to make two hats for two friends once that I intend to get done before the end of this year, another something for another friend and I want to do a little keepsake for yet another co-worker. What's wrong with me?! Too many friends, I guess, lol.
In other news, here's my bag for my RB.
But, there's a zipper there up top. Not sure why that's there. The bag comes up over the top of the wheel. And if I did try to zipper any bag shut over it, I stand a chance of damaging the on-board orifice hook. So, I usually put it in the bottom of the bag and worry about it until I get to my destination.
Honestly, it's a darker palette and a coarser texture than I'm used to…and it kind of makes my throat itch when I spin it. It's Wensleydale, a longer staple wool. I seriously can't recall if I have ever spun any before. So, we'll see how this goes.
Time to make tracks. ;)