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No, I Will Not Knit Something For You

October 29, 2012

It’s a little chilly here in Floridaland today. By a little chilly I mean it was 46°F when I woke up this morning and 53°F by the time I went outside. I’m from Pennsylvania. That’s a little chilly for me.

As a result I put on my Knucks and jeans and a t-shirt. A little chilly people, let’s not go nuts.

So, I’m walking around the complex looking for and not finding interesting pictures to take when some random person I have never seen before walks up to me and compliments my knitting. Now, I consider this an excellent way to start a conversation. ProTip: Always compliment the knitting. I don’t care if the person’s status as a knitter is unknown. You can’t lose at this. If they aren’t a knitter, they will thank you for the compliment to their fashion sense. If they are a knitter you have made a brand new BFF. Trust.

Unless you fuck it up in the next two sentences like this lady did. “Oh, you made that? Cutie! Can you knit me a pair?”

Blink. Blink, blink. Tilt head like dog hearing a high pitched sound. “No.”

Then I stuck my face in my camera in the hopes the she would take a fucking hint and toddle off from whence she came. No such luck.

“Why not?”

ProTip the Second: The answer to that question is always “Because I said no.”

She went on. “I mean I could just buy a pair.”

“Do so.” I was baffled at her audacity. Like me knitter her something was a favor this stranger was doing for me?

I know that I went on a whole rant yesterday about the dangers of nice for the sake of nice but I was trying. I really was because I don’t think cursing out someone who lives near at top volume you while standing three feet from the apartment office is particularly wise. It was my first choice, honestly, but not a wise choice.

So, instead I told her what I tell everyone who asks me for handknits. “I start at ninety dollars an hour. The more complicated the project, the higher the cost.” Now I normally follow that with “Or I can teach you to knit for free,” but fuck her. No lessons for self important bitches who devalue my work and my time.

Is ninety dollars overpriced? Yes. Is my time and my effort worth that much? You are damned right. Who gets handknits from me? Certain select relatives, other knitters and my girlfriend. That’s all. Anyone else can take a lesson or take a walk.

On a totally different subject… WHY IS IT RAINING KITTENS FOR EVERYONE IN THE WORLD WHO ISN’T ME!??! Stomp, pout, stomp again, pout some more. Want kitty! It’s not fair.

OK, that last little bit was brought to you by my past self, aged 4.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2012 4:49 PM

    Yeah. But naming your price, even if you think it is a price that no one will pay, can be a dangerous thing. I read a story once about an old-time movie director named Raoul Walsh. Someone wanted him to direct a film that he didn’t want to have anything to do with, so he named a price for his services that was totally outrageous for the time, thinking that they would turn him down. Instead, they said, okay, fine, it’s a deal. And so he had to make the movie.

    • October 29, 2012 6:28 PM

      Which is why I say I START at $90. Also, I’m kind of a bitch so I have no problem telling someone “OK, I was trying to be nice by pricing myself out of the market rather then telling you outright that there is no power on earth that would induce me to knit for you.”

  2. October 30, 2012 10:15 PM

    I think giving a price is a brilliant response. Many younger people in America don’t get how much someone’s time is worth, because of how accessible clothing, food, etc is. I’m not going to pay myself minimum wage for highly skilled, detailed labor. Honestly, if someone is willing to pay me $90/ hour plus materials? I’ll take it.

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