JOODITO, you always are able to take clothing into a whole new perspective and tear away from the cookie cutter styles and fashion that are in stores today. Most designers have their names splattered across their clothing to make it recognized in stores. However, your style speaks for itself, as just about every craftster here knows just what a JOODITO orginal looks like. That's what clothing and fashion should be about: identity through style and not label.
i agree knitters often undervalue their work, bur your math is slightly off. for the money you counted in your list, one's gotten much more than a hat. one also gets a scarf, socks, and whatnot. basically, the costs of knitting are not linear, at the beginning you spend a lot, but every product you make costs you less and less. besides, people normally pay to learn something new, so with your 25 hours of learning how to knit you saved money. you also own a few very valuable books, and for some people, money is more important than time. i suppose you have a house and a family to take care of, but imagine a teenager who would otherwise be drunk or high somewhere. you can't really say her time is as valuable as yours. i'm sorry, girls, don't be offended, but i think a mother and somebody working needs free time much more than somebody who only goes to school and has to help cleaning a table after lunch.
on my shelves i have all s&b books, and i payed around 60$ for them. i believe i returned that money already, even when i count my working hours, and i mean real knitting hours at home, because like i explain people when they ask me why i knit in public transport, i would waste that time anyway. you are not saving by knitting socks, that's sure. but hats? i make one in a week commute, for 1 or 2 $ worth of yarn (nice yarn, it's just cheaper here), so i would call that saving.
bf's socks - 20% became cousin's socks (i casted too litle), 30% knitty danica - just started still on a same place frogged circular shrug - 50% (this one is wip for a year or so) still on the same place sweater for my sister - 75% (just yoke left)85%
i've finished 2 hats for charity, one was in progres for almost a year:) it's odessa hat, but it was coming out to small, so i wasn't motivated, but it was from non-frogable yarn. i'm starting Manly Mitts from Knitty.. i think i'm bit disorganized:)