1. I was asked to donate something for the silent auction component of a charity fundraiser at work. I offered up three pounds of local coffee, a mug, and a handknit item – I specified a hat, mittens, or cowl in a high-quality natural fiber, details (pattern, color, fiber) to be worked out with the successful bidder. This will all be touted as a “keep warm this winter” package. It all seemed very simple, until I was asked what a reasonable opening bid was, and also, what an appropriate “buy it now!” price would be.
Stymied. I came to understand that this is why selling hand knits is likely a losing proposition. You can value the materials, and perhaps obtain them at less than retail price, but how do you value your time? And, given some of the comments made by the people organizing the silent auction, I could tell that they were skeptical and perhaps even somewhat scorning of the idea of paying anything more than a pittance for a hand knit item. I suppose they were picturing some horrid item knit of Red Heart by a fluffy elderly lady with cataracts. I tried to explain, to no avail, but then I thought to send them photos of some of my work. That shut them up, but I was left with kind of a bad taste in my mouth.
I’m hopeful that someone who has admired my knitting will actually bid on the package. It will be a pleasure to knit for such a person.
2. Remember when you were a kid and you got sooo excited about little things like a new pair of shoes? Usually that doesn’t happen to me any more, because usually I’m desperately trying to find yet another pair of comfortable yet dressy black shoes to replace one of my go-to pairs of work shoes – I wear them out fairly rapidly, and even though I do get them repaired when I can, it’s still a neverending battle. It’s the non-work shoes that are the fun shoes, but I’m so focused on those stupid black pumps that I don’t buy the fun stuff all that often. So yesterday, when a package arrived in the mail bearing these, I was like a little kid. They are Dansko Merrie clogs, found on sale, and so cute!! And won’t they be perfect with hand-knit socks?
3. Speaking of cute, I just cast on for the Heather Hoodie Vest from the Fall 2009 Knitscene. A couple of in-person friends have agreed to knit it with me. Anyone else feel like joining in?? I’ll show you what I’ve got so far soon, but no time now… TTYL!!
Happy (random) Wednesday!