Knitting On Minimum Wage
September 25th, 2014
I often hear it said in the crafting world that crafters should get payed for the materials they use, in my case yarn and needles, and I guess some sort of percentage for other knitting items we may want or need….and then they should ask for at least the minimum wage for the hours of craft (knitting) on the item…so how does that work out for us?
I personally think the idea is great, I would love to earn (and pay) the minimum wage and charge for the hours put into each item, by the time the books are done and all the other paperwork that goes along side items I knit, and not to mention the time writing some of my patterns, it really does mount up to a lot of hours!
Here is were I think the problems come in, every knitter knits at a different speed, so how can we tell how long it actually took!?
One person can under cut another by a lot if they can knit fast! though if they get it done quick shouldn’t they deserve extra for that?
I decided I would price up one item of mine, it is just for hours I put into the item, not for the yarn or any additions, purely how long I spent knitting it. I used “The National Minimum Wage rate per hour” for my age…well I was very shocked! one lace work shawl, very lovely and very pretty, would cost in hours…quite a lot OVER £300!! (nearly £400) 😮
Can I really justify someone paying me this amount!? I don’t think I can.
Would I feel bad for the person buying this? ermm yes,
Is it believable? I am not sure a non-knitter or even a knitter would think it is a good judgement on hours put in (even though this is timed!)
Would it cost a lot more than other similar items on the market!? defiantly!
Would I pay that much for an item, even if I absolutely loved it? of coarse not, that could feed my family for more than a month! but then if I had the money to spare I probably would….
I am not really sure were I am going with this, but I do know in an ideal world we would pay for the hours and the materials put in to a project, but in the real world no one would buy it, or at least very few would.
But one thing is for sure I get enjoyment from making items for people, I love feeling the yarns and working with them, everything about knitting I love, so for me it is not all about money it is providing people with items that they want knitted so they can enjoy some of that love for yarn I have.
I work by knitting, I am not sure there is much out there that is suitable for me to do, I love my work and although I would love a world of fair trade and everyone to be paid at least the minimum wage, I settle for less because after all at least by knitting I can work! and I can feel that I am doing something with my life rather than letting my EDS stand in my way as it does with many other things!
I also know that this may not last and every day can knit is a bonus, and I am very thankful I can still knit fast!
I guess it is up to the consumer to make up their own minds on this….would you pay for the hours put in?
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