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MoniDew
04-11-2009, 11:25 AM
I went to the opening day of my local farmer's market this morning, wearing one of my handknit sweaters. As I wandered, I spied a booth displaying natural-fiber yarns. I made a beeline there shouting, "YARN!!!!" at the top of my lungs, of course! :woot:

There, I discovered a co-operative of women who were raising alpaca for fiber, but nary a knitter among them! (HOW is this possible, I ask you?!) I made what I was to find out was their very first purchase. And, as such, recieved a 50% discount FOR LIFE! :woohoo:

They admired the sweater I was wearing and asked if I had ever sold my knitting. I said that I typically knit for family and friends. They said that they could use a demo knitter during farmer's market and would I consider it. WOULD I?! :roflhard: OF COURSE, I WOULD!

They also said that they had a couple of gentlemen stopping by wanting to make a purchase, but had no one to knit for them, and would I consider freelancing my skills for those who needed a knitter. WOULD I?! :roflhard: OF COURSE, I WOULD!

And, oh by the way, each of the ladies really should have some kind of garment made from the yarn they sell to demonstrate its many uses. Would I consider doing that, too? WOULD I?! :roflhard: OF COURSE, I WOULD!

I had a really great morning!!!!!

mwhite
04-11-2009, 12:24 PM
OMG! Total knitting bliss! I bet you are just beaming!!! Congratulations!!!

Simply_Renee
04-11-2009, 02:21 PM
How seriously cool is that? I love it when life just works out like that.

Have fun! (and sell them some tea while you're at it!)

YarnKitten
04-11-2009, 02:27 PM
I would have been happy with just the discount. Holy crap, that's AWESOME.

sue in canada
04-11-2009, 02:44 PM
Good for you. Have fun doing all that knitting.

Craw
04-11-2009, 03:11 PM
How come everybody else always gets the breaks? :roflhard: The right person in the right place at the right time. :) Congrats and have fun!

Jan in CA
04-11-2009, 04:25 PM
Holy cow, Moni! That is awesome!! :yay::yay::yay:

MrsP
04-11-2009, 06:51 PM
Holy Smokes!! That is awesome!! I can't imagine making handmade yarn and not knowing how to knit with it to use it!!! You are VERY lucky! That is just AWESOME! Congratulations!!

suzeeq
04-11-2009, 06:57 PM
Well some people make yarn just because they like to spin, or for weaving. There's a lot of weavers who spin their own.

MoniDew
04-11-2009, 08:25 PM
If I didn't have this gorgeous skein of yarn as proof, I seriously think I would believe I had dreamed the whole thing!

ArtLady1981
04-12-2009, 08:32 AM
Way to go, Moni!!! That story made my day! There is hope for knitters yet!!

Lucy78green
04-12-2009, 09:11 AM
Ju be careful you don't end up with so many projects you don't know what to do with yourself - but congrats on the discount!

KnittingNat
04-12-2009, 09:19 AM
Congratulations! Can we have see a picture of the yarn:poke: ? Do they have an online store?

MoniDew
04-12-2009, 10:16 AM
Congratulations! Can we have see a picture of the yarn:poke: ? Do they have an online store?
online store not up yet, but when it is, it will be www.happytrailsalpacafarm.com (http://www.happytrailsalpacafarm.com)
and, here's the yarn porn:
http://i172.photobucket.com/albums/w10/MoniDew/100_2742.jpg

I chose a caramel/chocolate twist, but they have several other all natural combos, in every color alpaca comes in (no dyes) ivory, beige, tan, buff, caramel, chocolate, grey, charcoal, etc.

MoniDew
04-12-2009, 10:18 AM
Ju be careful you don't end up with so many projects you don't know what to do with yourself - but congrats on the discount!
oh, yeah! I already fear I may have over-committed! I had JUST promised my granddaughter that we would work on a mutual project - a blanket for her bed - for her October birthday. The very next day, this opportunity landed in my lap. WHOA!!!

stisdale
04-12-2009, 11:18 AM
How cool! I too would have been content with just the discount! It sounds exciting but maybe a little bit intimidating too! Knitting a few pices would be one think but to be their on-call knitter, hmm... I hope it doesn't become too overwhelming. Or at least if it does, it can be your new full time job!!

Crycket
04-12-2009, 11:22 AM
That is awesome....grat!

KnittingNat
04-12-2009, 12:09 PM
The yarn is gorgeous :inlove:

DQ
04-12-2009, 01:06 PM
Ooh lovely yarn :heart:
Congratulations on your fabby oppourtunity! :cheering:

cindycactus
04-12-2009, 01:56 PM
Holy Yarn Porn, Monidew!!!! That is beautiful yarn. You really walked into a dream. Congratulations. :thumbsup:

MoniDew
04-12-2009, 03:37 PM
thank you so much for honoring me with such a celebratory response! I can't tell you how blessed I feel. And, how much I needed this. I've had a horrible couple of years recently. This is the first truly fantastic thing that has happened. It help me remember that God hadn't forgotten my name.

Thank you all, again.

margz3
04-13-2009, 11:05 AM
Wow Moni - that is just GREAT!! And the yarn is gorgeous!! You are going to have some fun :)

If you are going to be the demonstrator at the farmers markets, why don't you work on the garments for them while you are there - that way, they and the customers, can see how they come along each week! And you can do the project with your granddaughter when you need too :)

MoniDew
04-13-2009, 02:01 PM
sounds like a great idea! (especially since I am already over-committed at the moment!)

Abbily
04-13-2009, 03:11 PM
Monica, that is the COOLEST! :)

ArtLady1981
04-13-2009, 06:46 PM
Hi Moni!

I really want to congratulate you on finding ladies that appreciate your knitting! It is a rare thing!

I posted a thread in General Knitting a minute ago, (BEEN THERE, DONE THAT??) which describes the how the conversation usually goes when people admire our knitting! :pout:

Not like your wonderful experience with the ladies you ran into!
They are a real treasure! :heart:

Congratulations again!! :thumbsup:

TEMA
04-13-2009, 11:30 PM
What an amazing day! :yay:
Congratulations! :thumbsup:
TEMA


WIP: A 2 button cardigan for my youngest granddaughter
pair of socks
In the works.... legwarmers for my niece

MoniDew
04-14-2009, 04:02 PM
Hi Moni!

I really want to congratulate you on finding ladies that appreciate your knitting! It is a rare thing!

I posted a thread in General Knitting a minute ago, (BEEN THERE, DONE THAT??) which describes the how the conversation usually goes when people admire our knitting! :pout:

Not like your wonderful experience with the ladies you ran into!
They are a real treasure! :heart:

Congratulations again!! :thumbsup:

I'm very glad you did. I was having the same thoughts. There is no way they could pay me enough to truly compensate me for my time!

Because I am at a point where I really need to "moonlight" in a way that doesn't hurt my primary business, I still want to do this!

My son came up with the best method of compensation. He said, "you buy the yarn with your 50% discount. Then you charge them the full price, and keep half for your time."
So, $150 sweater would be $75 for the yarn and $75 for me. Is $75 enough for an entire week's worth of work. Oh, absolutely NO WAY! But it's $75 more dollars than I had yesterday!

Until I can sell enough tea to make ends meet, I have to do something that doesn't interfere with that. I've got nothing but time, so this works for me.

tgwillis
04-14-2009, 07:43 PM
Monidew,

I was reading through this thread and ended you on your tea site. I will be trying some of you teas very soon.

GirlChris
04-14-2009, 10:19 PM
Congratulations, I'm glad you got such a great opportunity!

MoniDew
04-15-2009, 03:39 PM
Monidew,

I was reading through this thread and ended you on your tea site. I will be trying some of you teas very soon.
FANTASTIC!!! Thank you so much!

KathleenG
04-15-2009, 04:37 PM
It sounds like perfect bliss!! Do enjoy!

Anarfea
04-15-2009, 05:48 PM
My son came up with the best method of compensation. He said, "you buy the yarn with your 50% discount. Then you charge them the full price, and keep half for your time."
So, $150 sweater would be $75 for the yarn and $75 for me. Is $75 enough for an entire week's worth of work. Oh, absolutely NO WAY! But it's $75 more dollars than I had yesterday!


You can knit a sweater a week? :notworthy:

Woodi
04-15-2009, 06:29 PM
I am very happy for you. Getting paid to sit and knit, chatting with other knitters or admirers just seems like a good deal.

MoniDew
04-17-2009, 11:23 AM
After considering what Dolyce (artlady) and others here had to say about knitting for financial remuneration, I asked the Alpaca ladies what they were considering to compensate me for my time.

They said, nothing. They just thought that since I love to knit, I'd want to do it for free. :zombie:

I told them at the beginning that I needed a moonlighting position that wouldn't conflict with my home business, but that I needed desperately to bring in more income. :?? Does that sound like free to you? :shrug:

So, we had a serious miscommunication and now the deal's off. (But I still get my 50% for life discount. That's nice.)

mwhite
04-17-2009, 11:51 AM
So sorry to hear this and yet so glad that this was settled before you put your time and effort into it. It does pay to clarify the details! Sometimes what we hear is unfortunately not always what was said...

Jan in CA
04-17-2009, 01:01 PM
Well, that's a bummer, but I certainly agree. I can't believe they thought you'd knit a number of sweaters and not get anything! :shock:

Abbily
04-17-2009, 01:08 PM
Oh, Monica, I'm so sorry! The yarn discount is nice, but what a let-down!

Mulderknitter
04-17-2009, 01:09 PM
I have found that non-knitters have a serious misconception about the time/money it takes to knit something. I learned that the hard way with a baby set I was asked to knit. After about 40 hours of knitting the woman decided she didn't want it anymore and wanted a full refund. I will never knit something on commission ever again.
At least you hadn't put in your time on it yet.:hair:

HollyP
04-17-2009, 01:10 PM
That's too bad! I'm glad you got everything straightened out before you put too much time and effort into it. The yarn is lovely and I am sure the discount will be well used!

CognizantAmiga
04-18-2009, 10:26 AM
It is good that you got things worked out before you were to far in.

I also wanted to add that Moni's teas are GREAT!! I recieved some in a swap and will be ordering more soon. ( I got one that was a green tea with pinapple in it -- AMAZING!) Everyone should order from her!

Jan in CA
04-18-2009, 12:02 PM
I learned that the hard way with a baby set I was asked to knit. After about 40 hours of knitting the woman decided she didn't want it anymore and wanted a full refund.

That's unbelievable! :noway: What a nerve!

knittingymnast
04-19-2009, 05:39 PM
OMG! Total knitting bliss! I bet you are just beaming!!! Congratulations!!!

Totally!!!!!

MoniDew
04-19-2009, 09:57 PM
It is good that you got things worked out before you were to far in.

I also wanted to add that Moni's teas are GREAT!! I recieved some in a swap and will be ordering more soon. ( I got one that was a green tea with pinapple in it -- AMAZING!) Everyone should order from her!

You really did receive some in a swap?! That's fantastic! Thank you for your kind words, and thank you to your swapee (or is it swaper?)

MoniDew
04-19-2009, 10:00 PM
I have found that non-knitters have a serious misconception about the time/money it takes to knit something. I learned that the hard way with a baby set I was asked to knit. After about 40 hours of knitting the woman decided she didn't want it anymore and wanted a full refund. I will never knit something on commission ever again.
At least you hadn't put in your time on it yet.:hair:

That's unbelievable! :noway: What a nerve!

OMG!!! Tearing your hair out is RIGHT!

I am so glad that everyone here cared enough to stop me before I gat used and abused. I think being undervalued would make me feel worse than being broke! Broke I can do something about, undervalued I can't!

margz3
04-20-2009, 09:44 AM
Oh Moni - what a bummer! Agreed, at least you found out before you started in on a project! And I'm glad to hear you will still get your lifetime discount :thumbsup:

Well, I had no idea about your tea business! I just checked out your site.....what fantastic sounding, unique teas you have! I've bookmarked the site, and as soon as I have a couple of extra dollars (DH just got a 2nd job - yay!) I will definitley order some! I'm going to send a link to my DD too - she adores green tea and I think she'd really love some of yours!

CognizantAmiga
04-20-2009, 12:51 PM
I really did! My swapee from that swap was FANTASTIC! And she was sure to tell me that the tea came from you. I have shared it with my sisters and a few people around here. As a matter of fact I am placing an order today for some end of the year teacher gifts!

Anarfea
04-21-2009, 05:15 AM
I have found that non-knitters have a serious misconception about the time/money it takes to knit something. I learned that the hard way with a baby set I was asked to knit. After about 40 hours of knitting the woman decided she didn't want it anymore and wanted a full refund. I will never knit something on commission ever again.
At least you hadn't put in your time on it yet.:hair:

Oh man! I think if I ever knit anything for sale for sure I would sell only things I wanted to make and if people like it afterwards they can buy it or not.

But if I do ever make anything on commission, I think I will ask for materials cost and half the labor up front, non-refundable.

MoniDew
04-23-2009, 12:40 PM
WOW! Thank you to all of you who are purchasing my teas! I was worried that I would have to start moonlighting in order to help support my family. (that's where this whole topic got started!) But with your help, I can now focus on TEA as my BUSINESS, and YARN as my PLEASURE.

THANK YOU!!!:cheering: