My recent project.

I was recently asked by about 30 people to knit scarves. Being that I am neither fast, nor rich (no one offered to pay) I only agreed to knit a scarf for the one in 30 who mattered the most, My sister. In the spirit of posting projects for the rest of you to see...Sorry guys, it is not one of Mark's AWESOME is my very simple scarf....


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AKQGuy's picture

Few of us knit things as amazing as Marks awesome sweater but we still love seeing what one another have been working on.

The scarf is lovely and long and looks so squishy and warm. I love the buttons. It does make one think of the flowers the cold wet April days bring up.

Thunderhorse54's picture

It's a great scarf! The buttons are a great touch. I only knit for family members for free. I do make them pay for the yarn, for I'm not rich either.
Any item made with love is never simple.

chipsir's picture

The scarf is really nice and well knitted!!!! Love the buttons.

raydio's picture

I would rather give my knitting away to someone I love rather than offer it for sale. If you divide your time spent into your take, you'll find you are working for near-slave wages. You'll never get what your time and talent is worth.

I only knit for people when I can accept that what "pittance" I may (or may not) get is "icing on the cake" (the cake being the pleasure of knitting
), knowing all the while that I will never be paid for what my skill is worth. That's also why my heart breaks for all those people (particularly in the British Isles, long ago) who HAD to knit in order to keep body and soul together.

Fukk most of those 30 people. They have no idea.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work. I only knit for friends and family [or charity] so don't feel bad about the rest of it. Even so, they've learned to expect a gift when they get one.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

CLABBERS's picture

If I am the Mark about whom you are speaking, I am flattered beyond words.
I really like your scarf, especially the treatment you did at the ends. That really adds a personal touch and shows very cool creativity. Your stitch work is also very consistent and makes for very attractive draping. Long ribbing like that is very much in style and will lie nicely under a coat, or used as a scarf that you fashion around the neck similar to a man's single Windsor knot. Your sister will love it, I'm sure.
Well done!

Tallguy's picture

Agreed. I remember a knitting friend of mine tell me long ago that she would never make anything for sale. I never understood that. But after a few years, and a few requests from people wanting things (for free, of course), I then knew what she meant. It is true that you rarely get back any kind of reward for your craft work. No one wants to pay what it is worth. I would rather teach the people how to knit and they can then make one for themselves. Or they can go to WM and just buy one there.

No one seems to appreciate all the time and skill required to make "just a scarf". They would never be able to afford it if I charged for my time! When they have to buy the yarn, they complain at the price. So I just have a rule that I won't make anything for sale, but I will make things for the people I care about, and who will appreciate my work. There are some that may not, but at least I cared about them at the time I made it for them, and that is all that matters to me.

However, that is only my humble opinion and your opinions count a lot more than mine.

raydio's picture

I agree with your every word.

I would rather give away something I knitted than sell it to a stranger.

I have knitted small items and sold them to people I know. Reaching a price I'd be comfortable asking took a bit of consideration. I wanted to be nice to my friend, but nonetheless expected it to be not far from what my time and skill was worth.

I have many "acquaintances" that I'm very friendly with, but despite the good feelings, we aren't necessarily friends. (And that really depends on how one defines "friends".) I usually say that I don't sell my knitting. If that doesn't dissuade them, I put it on them to name a price for said item, let them to try to convince me to do "what I don't do" (sell my craft). If I don't want to take the commission, I just repeat that I don't sell my knitting.

I think it rankles me to "knit-for-pay" because I know some of the history of knitting (especially in the British Isles) where all too commonly, in days gone by, the knitting of socks and gloves was all that saved many from death by starvation or having to do without many things we take for granted these days.

No one will pay you even minimum wage for your skillful crafting talents. Do it out of love or not at all.