So an acquaintance at work has always complimented me on my knitting and seemed very admiring of the things I've made. A few months ago he asked if I would make his wife something for her birthday and he mentioned a few things of mine that I've made that he thought she'd like. He of course offered to pay me for materials and my time.
So I got a little excited about the prospect of knitting for an appreciative audience. I bought a fantastic pattern for a lace scarf (Mimknit's Flutter Scarf - highly recommend) and some beautiful laceweight zephyr in the wife's favorite color. It was a tiny, tiny, tiny gauge, and a very long and repetitive process. The joy was gone after about 12 inches, but I made it to 60. It took me a solid five weeks of dedicated evening knitting. It turned out like a work of art. I was so proud of it. Everyone I showed it to admired it.
When I presented it to the acquaintance, he told me how "nice" it was. He asked how much he owed me, and I smiled and shrugged it off, and downplayed the cost of the materials. I didn't even mention how much time I spent on it. He said, "Okay, thanks! I'll send you a little something."
About a week later, I found a $20 bill folded inside a note on my desk that said "Thanks again!"
$20 barely covered the cost of materials. You couldn't have even bought that same scarf in a department store for $20.
So I feel used and taken advantage of, but I know it's my own fault. I'm just annoyed with myself. Anyone ever have a letdown like that, or am I just incredibly gullible?
A friend of mine sent me an invite to be a Ravelry beta tester: www.ravelry.com
I'm so hooked. It's a way to organize your yarn, FOs, WIPs, drag in your Flickr photos, see who else is knitting the patterns you're knitting, add patterns to your queue, see who likes what you like. It's amazingly cool and fun. I haven't been this excited about a knitting site since, well, Craftster!
Anyway, I have 2 extra invites and no one to give them to. Anyone want to check it out?
First let me say, I hated. Hated. Hated knitting this.
I thought it would be a quick and simple knit, but I used a coarse, recycled silk yarn, quadruple stranded, that was a nightmare to knit with. I thought I had gauge, but it turned out to be about three sizes too big. It was a horrible experience. I wrestled with it for months and finally finished it out of spite hoping I could come to terms with it or throw it away.
But then, when I was sewing the straps on, something miraculous happened. The yarn and the pattern suddenly realized they were supposed to work together.
I've been wearing this constantly with tees, jeans, dresses, everything -- and NO ONE has yet said, "Did you knit that?" which to me says it looks pretty hot. But I'm biased.
It's the perfect thing for summer because A) it's cotton, perfect mix of cool and warm, B) just wad it up into a ball and toss it somewhere when it gets too warm, and C) so easy to wear, just tie it and forget it!