Monday, July 14, 2008

The Giggle Hat

Above is a photo of a hat for the etsy shop. The yarn is 50% wool and 50% acrylic. It's ModaDea Swerve in the color Giggle. Herrschnerr's had a sale on it for only $1.49 a skein and I got free shipping on it. It took two skeins, so the yarn was only about $3.

By the common method of figuring prices for knit and crocheted items, I should charge $9-$12 for it. I have a little problem with that, both plus and minus.

Women have never earned enough money for their handwork. Through the centuries, widows have taken in sewing, knitting, etc. (not to mention laundry) and have barely kept themselves alive with the proceeds. So in this century we respect Women's Work. Really? Perhaps we respect the women working in factories in Bangladesh, but if we knew the reality of the situation...

So, I'm all for buying handmade for enough money to show that we value the work.

On the other hand, I've made a lot of gifts for family and friends and usually felt that the making of them incorporated my prayers for them. Recently when I knit, etc., even though I'll never meet the ones who will wear it, I try to remember to pray for them. I should make money on this?

Enough obsessing. I think $9 during the Christmas in July sale and $12 starting in August.


Marvia said...

I do agree on the issue of valuing women's work. The undervaluing of women's work is linked to perceptions about women and the level of importance placed on their contribution to the development of society.

P and P said...

Thank you, Marvia, for commenting. I found your website very interesting.