Even when it's not your business, I'd charge. The rate would depend not just on cost (it seems totally obvious to me that anyone requesting an item from you should cover the costs you make) but also on how much you like doing it, how much time it would cost and how much these people mean to you.
In this case, the yarn was cheap, ruffle scarves don't take too much time, you know the receipient, I'd probably charge a small amount, $5-10 or she could buy you lunch or a fancy coffee or something. Just something for the effort.
It has happened to me quite a few times that people come up to me with their repair work "because I like sewing and the tailor shop is asking $15". I hate repairs just as much as the next person, I'd be willing to do it if people pay because I could use the money, but I can't imagine I'd be much cheaper than the shop. Their prices are fairly realistic, many people just don't know or don't appreciate the time that goes into simple repairs / any kind of craft really. Sometimes I'm amazed that people I barely know ask me to fix stuff for them for free. Just because they work in construction, doesn't mean I ask them to fix my bathroom for free.... but "that's different, that's work".
After Christmas is fine! I haven't found a pattern yet, I have tried to search but I never truly understand them (which annoys me as I'm not a novice knitter, this is just a huge gap in my knitting knowledge) I guess we could do the same pattern so we can help each other whenever that's necessary, but then again no one should knit socks they're not going to wear afterwards.
Recently I did try to knit a lace pattern sock from The Knitter which I figured out should be do-able as I've done lace before, but I totally messed up. After 20 rows it wasn't recognizable as either lace or sock.
I crocheted a weeping angel tree ornament for my brother, sort of on a whim. I came across the pattern and I made it right away. It's not perfect, I've never made anything other than granny squares before, but it's quite ok for a first time. Should have used a smaller hook though, the filling shines through. Standard size needle for scale.
Wow, lots of hard work by everyone! I'm admiring them from a distance.
My machine is back from the shop, some minor part had to be replaced, but I'm currently just too out of concentration to actually do anything, everything I do ends up as a disaster. I was going to make a simple summer dress and messed it up by cutting a piece wrong side up. Of course you never do that when there's plenty of leftover fabric ...
I did rip up some five more pairs of jeans and later this week I'll cut them into 12 cm w x fabric length strips. I hope these will be the last pairs I'll need for my jeans quilt.
Things have been made a bit easier for me as my side of the family has decided not to do gifts this year. My mum's moving house over the holidays and we're only going to have a quick family meal together in between moving. I'll probably give her Christmas gifts (a homemade scarf and maybe a crocheted blanket in the colour scheme of her new house) for her birthday in February.
My boyfriend's birthday is coming up in 10 days and I still haven't decided on what to make him. I did however finish the Christmas ornament and card I'm going to give him.
When I saw the first picture, I thought you'd printed it or something, but they are actually all really really tiny stitches I love how accurate all the blocks are. And the execution is just as close to perfection as someone can possibly get. You must have made the receipient really, really happy and that's probably an understatement.
That's a long post, but lots of useful information! I have never ever thought about freezing bread dough, but it's a great idea. We really like homemade pizza, but we only make it on days off because the dough is such a hassle. But if you can freeze the dough, you take it out in the morning before work, then you only have to roll it out and decorate it (what's the correct English word? Not a native speaker) when you get home, then pop it in the oven for 20 minutes and you have fresh pizza. This is actually a great thing to know!