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Old 07-22-2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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A frustrating compliment
One of my friends was looking at my Knitting album on MySpace and gave me this compliment regarding my Central Park Hoodie - Wow Rachel, that looks so great! You could probably sell something like that for like $40!!!

:( Why do people undervalue handmade items so much? :( lol It was sweet of her I guess, but then I told her that the yarn cost most than that (and it was only Cascade 220!) Handmade custom items shouldn't cost less than mass manufactured, correct?

(And yes, I know I couldn't sell a CPH because it's from a copyrighted pattern. I just wanted to share her comment. lol)
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:10 PM   #2
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People are amazing, aren't they!! Just yesterday, after completing a top-down-cardigan (yet to be blocked and finished off), my DH commented how great it looked and asked how much did I think it would cost in a store. I was indeed stumped at first as one doesn't find too many handmade anything in regular stores. Then, I remembered Peruvian Connection and how high-priced their items are. I know, I have several. People don't think if you make it yourself, I guess, it is worth as much as if they waltz into a fancy store and pay big bucks for something handmade. I bought ten hanks of Malabrigo, the pattern cost me money and what about our time involved. I know, I do this for my own pleasure but some people don't get it. Well, at least your friend, Rachel, did indeed give you a compliment on how great your project turned out.
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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People who aren't knitters don't understand what goes into making something like a cabled sweater or anything else for that matter. All you can do is accept the compliment part and let it go unless she wants you to make her one for that much.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:01 PM   #4
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I'm sure she meant it as a compliment, but I see your frustration! Nobody sew/knit anymore, we get cheap manufactured stuff from unknown factories, and so judging the real value of things becomes very difficult. I think we also lost our ability to even see when something is done with superior craftsmanship!

I have the impression however that it's slowly coming back. One of the effect of the DIY trend is that people realize the efforts that are required in making things, and are able to recognize good craftsmanship when they see it.

But I agree, what's important is that this WAS a compliment, and you deserve it!
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:33 PM   #5
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i betcha your friend thought she was giving you a compliment by saying the amount <g>.....just take the compliment for what it is, a compliment....

and i do so love that central park hoodie...wish i had the talent to try it!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:28 PM   #6
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Yes, I did accept her compliment for what it was. Just... it is shocking how people really don't realize... ya know?!
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Old 07-22-2008, 10:54 PM   #7
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I totally get this!

People rave over my booga bags, which I use as regular purses. They always want me to make them one, but the yarn costs $30. They've offered to pay me, which I won't do because of the copyright thing, but even then, what to charge after figuring in the labor? That $30 turns into about $75, which is still cheap considering the number of hours put into it.

Oh well, people are just ignorant about these things...until they try for themselves.

BTW, your work is lovely and worth way, way more than anyone will ever be able to afford.
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Yeah, she's looking at it and thinking...a hoodie at Wal-mart costs $12! Rachel could get 4 times that!!! :-D

Still...they don't have a clue.
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I think Lisa may be onto something there. Seeing her train of thought can help, but I totally understand what you mean. When we knit we put so much more into it that most realize. I am glad that you were able to see that she was giving a compliment... even if it was off.
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Value of hand-mades..,
Hi, Rachel!

Over the years I've gotten teased (good-naturedly) about my pursuit of "dying" arts - like crochet, knitting, ceramics, etc. meaning those arts that aren't seen as done by the majority of the population. BUT, when the teasers receive a hand-made gift, it's a whole different story!

Just this past year I started on a crusade to make afgans for my whole family. I'm winding down on that now, but so far I've produced four full sized afgans, two baby blankets, two hooded baby wraps and am finishing the fifth afgan now. If nobody gets pregnant I'm off afgan/blanket duty for awhile.

So despite the teasing, those gifts are treasured. When I gave the first afgan to my youngest stepson, his wife scooped it up, put it around her shoulders and wore it the rest of the evening. Oops! Guess I'll have to make my three daughter's-in-law afgans of their own (someday!) Meanwhile, there is great appreciation for the items.

And take heart - the wonderful and wide selection of yarns available to needleworkers is a good indicator that knitting and crocheting aren't "dying out" but alive and well in the hearts and hands of a very talented, artistic minority - US! Keep knitting and don't forget to gloat a little at what you're accomplishing - you've earned it!

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