All we knitters have at some time been told “You could sell that”. The (non-knitting) friend generally has no idea how much we’d have to charge to recoup the cost of the materials and labour. not to mention adding a little just for profit.
Last week in the UK, the BBC aired a show called High Street Dreams and one of the entrepreneurs featured was a woman called Beryl Ware who wants to break into the big time with her knitted scarves. You can see a short extract from the show here.
The scarves are knitted with very thick yarn on very large needles and she sells them retail from her website for up to approx. AU$400. Strangely, they’re knitted with merino roving (ie unspun yarn) and I’ve no idea how that stands up to daily use. One of the big UK High Street stores has placed an order and will sell them for about $300.
The show has raised interesting discussion around the Knitternet about knitting (and other crafts) as a business. They do seem incredibly expensive for such little work but anything that raises the public’s perception of the value of handmade items is fine by me. I nearly cried at the Easter Show this year to see what price some of the entrants had put on their labour – one beautiful fine lace scarf with a price tag of $50 for instance. Who else in a first world country would work for $1 an hour?
I will be very interested to follow Beryl’s progress.