I’ve had a few recent discussions lately about making things for others without any compensation for my efforts, abilities, or own expense. It was a favor when you really think about it that they even thought to ask ME of all people anyway. [Please note the extreme sarcasm] I’ve mentioned the most recent which was my nine-year-old niece assuming—wrongly so—that it would be cheaper than store bought to do so. Who ever knew that making things for people you love would backfire to such a degree?
Well just moments ago I was on Ravelry and someone posted a thread asking for an experienced knitter to make her a garment because she felt it would be too much time and effort to do it herself…
I mention this because someone in said thread pointed to a site that actually calculates what one should charge for time, effort, skill, and expenses in doing such said thing. I—curiously— because I’ve had not one, not two, but three request in one month for a Viajante shawl/wrap/poncho from three separate people. I put in the cost of materials from the most recent yarn purchase because I bought with another Viajante in mind. I also put in a guesstimated time amount for how many hours I dedicated to this thing. (Initially I said about 750 hrs but, then recalculated with about 600 hrs instead.) To get this I deducted 2 of the 7 months time frame my projects page states. For one reason is because I set it aside for that long. Then I rationalized that I didn’t knit for 30-31 days straight so I cut that in half to 15 days. I also didn’t knit every hour of the day so I started at 10 hrs and then decided 8 hrs was more realistic. So, 15 days over a 5 month period at about 8 hrs per day comes to about 600 hrs.
Then it ask you to determine your skill level. Novice – Competent – Expert. I realistically rated myself at competent. I am more skilled and know more techniques than a mere novice but, I have to actually consult others modifications to most patterns before I implement my own. Often times I find a new way to learn to properly read my knitting when implementing a certain technique so I thus consider myself competent but not quite an expert. How much with a 10% profit does it suggest I charge for this endeavor? Those who undervalue handmade crafts still yourselves: $2,076.00 USD
By the way that does not include shipping. I’ll just give you a chance to let that marinate and sink in…
I think now I can legitimately reply when asked to make something, “You really can’t afford me.”
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