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Old 11-14-2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Am I being cheap?
About 2 months ago I made a top. I took it to work and had a girl try it on since I made the small size and wasn't sure how it would look on someone. Well it looked really cute on her and she loved it so I gave it to her. Since then she has worn it to work and everyone asked her where she got it. She told them that I made it. Since then everyone has been wanting one. The problem is is that no one has offered to pay for the yarn. I do not mind making them for everyone but I just think that they should at least ask how much it cost to make it then offer to reimburse me for my cost. I am not the type of person to ask them to pay for it. Am I being an awful person to at least to think that they should at least pay for the yarn? There are 7 people that have asked me to make one for them.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:19 PM   #2
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So, when you go to start each one, go to the recipient and say "I am ready to start knitting your top now, where do you want to get the yarn and should I come with you when you buy it?"

This might give them the hint that you expect them to pay for the yarn. Your time is yours to give freely, but at least they should pay you for the yarn you will need to knit them a garment.
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Unless you have a money tree in your backyard, you're not being cheap!
It does cost money to buy yarn (not to mention time that you are apparently willing to donate). I would just explain that they need to choose and purchase the yarn they like and then you can begin.

You're a very generous person. I barely have time to make anything for me or family, much less co-workers. Want to come work with me?


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Old 11-14-2007, 12:26 PM   #4
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:32 PM   #5
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I would just tell them that you're happy to make something for them, but they have to purchase the yarn in advance. That way maybe they'll get the message and decide if they really want it or not.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:40 PM   #6
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You're not being cheap at all , the other day at my work my coworker saw me knitting and ask if I could I could make her this super long scarf like her girlfreind had. I told her sure but she'd have to go purchase the yarn, she hasnt said anything about it since.So
just tell them that they will have to purchase the yarn and you will probably not have that many to knit for.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:56 PM   #7
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You can also come work with me...we can knit stuff for each other! You are NOT being cheap. I have no problem knitting anything for anyone who asks, as long as they supply the parts I'll supply the labor.

Did the girl who received the original top offer to pay you for it?
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:02 PM   #8
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I think that's a really good idea, offer to go with them when they buy the yarn so you can help them pick something suitable.

I must say if you are willing to knit 7 of the same top for all your coworkers, you are very generous with your time!
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:18 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by The.Knitter View Post
"I am ready to start knitting your top now, where do you want to get the yarn and should I come with you when you buy it?"
This is a good idea. Thank you!!
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:21 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by boo1 View Post
It does cost money to buy yarn (not to mention time that you are apparently willing to donate). I would just explain that they need to choose and purchase the yarn they like and then you can begin.

You're a very generous person. I barely have time to make anything for me or family, much less co-workers. Want to come work with me?


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I wish I had a money tree then I would not have to give a second thought to everyone wanting that top. I'm sure you would be fun to work with cuz you knit. No one else at my job knits.
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