Reading Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s post about test knitters and payment and then all the comments from knitters who are or are not paid for their willingness to test out patterns (or barter system) has me thinking about the price of knitting…or the cost. I tend to get most of my patterns free…either from http://www.knitty.com, Ravelry users’ posts, or the library. I don’t really put much toward the “knitting industry”, as it was called in the blog post.
Which has me thinking about artists and their livings. Just being an artist doesn’t necessitate hand-outs (even if you are skilled at it, in the business world you won’t see consumers buying products they won’t use or want just because you need to eat dinner tonight), but it also doesn’t mean its consumers should expect free stuff all the time.
I mean…it makes sense.
Am I going to start buying patterns like nobody’s business? Not at this point…there’s too much to finish that I already have patterns for. But it has me thinking about selling things or having works commissioned. Pretty sure there isn’t much hope for that EVER being profitable, as the cost of materials and time would add up to be way too much for the average non-knitter to pay for a pair of socks. Or mittens. Or a stocking cap. I mean, you can walk over to WalMart and pick up “the same thing” for pennies.
Ha. Same thing. Ha.
In other news, I made a fantastic meal tonight–salmon chowder and Red Lobster-like cheddar biscuits (minus the cheddar because we ran out). SO good. Even enough for some leftover tomorrow! I didn’t repeat my mistake with the salmon that I made nearly a year ago…i bought the skinless and boneless variety (and probably used a little less). Also used sour cream instead of half and half (mixed with milk for creamy “broth”). Except it wasn’t much, so don’t get excited. 🙂
It was in all a very rich meal, however. I am still quite full. Better go back to meeting a knitting deadline, at no pay cut to me! The joy of a hobby, I guess. 🙂
peace to you