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« on: May 14, 2016 03:45:36 PM »

Do you count screw ups and do overs in your hour calculations for size of craft?  Or do you only count the perfect hours?

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016 07:40:10 AM »

I rarely have a craft that could even fit into the old "small" designation, or even the new one I'm seeing, but that's because I do a lot of crochet and knitting and even small amis take quite a while (especially if there's a lot of sewing together).  So I tend not to go with the time idea, because, while some small crocheted things might take me 4-5 hours, they seriously don't feel like a "large", because they're just... a little crochet thing!  Ditto with cross-stitch, I'm not very fast and even a small piece (like for the front of a needlebook) would take me hours and hours.

But see, that raises another question for me - I'm a slow cross-stitcher, but a fairly fast crocheter and knitter (I'm a picker, not a thrower).  Something that would take me an hour to crochet might take my friend two hours, while she could whip out the cross-stitch piece that takes me two hours in forty-five minutes.

So in the end I think I always try to well-exceed the crafting time guidelines, because I worry someone will be like, "huh, I could have done this in half an hour, how can she call that a medium?!" and wouldn't count do-overs because it doesn't show in the final (well, in quality it might, but my partner wouldn't know that!) and I'm paranoid about that.

(But I've seen - and received - the things you send, and I can't imagine you have to worry about that!  Everything you do seems like an amazing large!)
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016 01:29:57 PM »

Thank you.   Kiss   I'm generally very slow, so most things I make fall into the "stupnormous" category for time.  I'm actually keeping a time chart on my current project, just to see how long it takes to make something relatively simple-looking.  I had to start over on part of it (wrong color), so I've decided to count that time in the total.  But if it doesn't come up to the minimum hours without the screw-up, I'll have to make a more elaborate thing....

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« Reply #3 on: June 03, 2016 06:33:46 AM »

Taking the variables of experience and speed into account always seems to make item size calculations a bit too difficult, so I've taken the route that if the materials more or less add up to the suggested cost, that's what I'm going with. I almost always go way overboard with the hours invested, because that's what I like to do. If the idea I had for my partner will take me 15 hours, and I happen to have 15 hours, then I don't care if the swap calls for a medium. I just want to make them happy.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2016 12:56:00 PM »

I kind of just go by 'feel' which I know is a terrible measure. Usually I decide by considering the time factor and effort/ difficultly. A cross-stitch might take me 6 hours or so but if I was following a pre-made pattern while watching t.v. I'd never think of it as a large. Other items might take a lot more focus or involve a new technique that challenges me, this would affect how I judge the item. A bit airy-fairy I'm afraid. I also agree with RovingAnarchist that if there's an idea I want to try, I'll disregard the points system to give my partner something they like and I enjoy making.
 
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2016 09:53:54 AM »

It is hard to count hand stitching time as regular crafting time. I would be doing it whether I was swapping or not. It is sort of like therapy time. I just like to do it. I have done stitching projects for swaps that have taken over 100 hours, but I did it because it was a project I wanted to do. My current project is going to end up being at least 40-50 at the rate it is going, but it sure wont look like it when it is done. At least not to anyone who doesn't stitch themselves.

Back to the original question though... I don't think I would count screw up time, but I wouldn't mind if a partner did. I love the idea of someone trying something new to them just because they know I like it and they want to try, but I don't want them to ever stress and think they need to make something perfect or spend time they don't have on it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2016 10:45:22 PM »

I'm a quilter. Sometimes just selecting fabric takes 3+ hours  Wink. But like has been said. They are my hours and I have chosen to spend them.

So I guess. I don't count hours. Or material cost. When factoring swaps I try to make the thing I want to make for someone to the best of my skills.
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2016 06:42:02 AM »

I stopped counting hours - I just make what feels right for the person.  Like that beaded sushi I made a few years ago - there were multiple pieces and bead-weaving takes hours - it felt like an extra large.  But I really wanted to make that and a large chunk of my enjoyment is the process of making and the therapeutic value of it.

So for larger swaps, I don't think about.  All I want is that my partner puts thought and care into their package as well.

As for screw up time - well, I often try to incorporate the screw ups into the item or into another item - it's not a mistake, it was done with creative intent Wink
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