How Much???25 January 2013
Do (non-knitting) friends, acquaintances and complete strangers tell you how you could make a lot of money selling your knitting?
Do people, sometimes passing acquaintances, ask (sometimes demand) that you knit something for them?
I had someone recently admire a pair of socks I’d knitted for David and she asked me how long it took. I said that it was about 20 hours knitting. Without blinking, she then asked if I’d knit her a pair. I’m lucky to have very good friends I’d feel comfortable going to if I needed a favour. Even if that favour took half an hour of their time. But I’m not sure if I could approach someone and ask them to do me a favour that would take 20 hours! Pushing the friendship a bit, I think.
The two knitters who write the Yarn Floozies blog have produced a wonderful Knitting Time Calculator for just such an occasion. I love the fact that it has a surcharge for knitting with acrylic and a discount for using cashmere!
And I noticed that 20 hours is what they quote for sock knitting – I’ve often wondered how long other knitters take. So if I charged $275 for a pair, I could just about make Australian minimum wage and cover the cost of the yarn.
Now all I need to do is find people willing to pay $275 for a pair of socks and I’ll get knitting.