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Topic: how do you let a muggle down nicely when they ask you to knit something?  (Read 112481 times)
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« Reply #740 on: June 29, 2007 04:48:51 PM »

I don't usually have much trouble with folks asking me to knit them stuff other than the odd joker who thinks I haven't heard it before.  Roll Eyes  But just a few weeks ago the weirdest thing happened.  I was stopped by a guy asking for money.  Not unusual, well except for the part about him asking for exactly $4, that was slightly odd and he wasn't getting it anyway on my 'poor' day (right before pay day).  I told him I was sure I didn't have that much change but that he could have whatever change I had, it took me ages to find my purse in my giant craft bag.  In this time he was checking out the scarf I was wearing and said he liked it very much.  This was nice I thought, and made me feel better about getting my purse out while standing next to a complete stranger (which I am sad to report has always made me feel nervous, after which always comes a feeling of guilt at having been so cynical about strangers Embarrassed).  So anyhow, what I ended up giving him probably added up to a little less than 2 bucks, at which point he asked me if I would knit him a scarf.   Shocked  I'll pay you for it of course, he says, and proffered his mobile phone number so I could let him know when it was done.   Huh  WTF!?  I really had no idea what on earth to say, my standard replies weren't going to cut it here as the whole situation was so illogicall. 

I would be a little confused too! He's asking for money, but can pay you for a scarf and has a mobile phone?
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« Reply #741 on: July 02, 2007 12:07:33 AM »

I meant to post this in my original response, but forgot!  Doh!

When I was recently graduated, unemployed, and desperate, I saw a listing in the job pages of Craigslist calling for knitters.  I checked it out and thought, hey! I could knit for money!  They wanted knitters to make things for them to sell in their store. The thing is, they would provide the yarn, but the compensation was something like $15 per item.  $15 measly dollars!  And it wouldn't matter if it was a scarf or a sweater.  $15!  I actually called about it (did I mention DESPERATE?) but they didn't answer or return my call.

Makes me wonder what happened...  They didn't say what the store name was, so I couldn't even check it out.  Still, that's rediculous!  They were advertising a job that paid below minimum wage?  uh huh
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« Reply #742 on: July 02, 2007 05:36:28 AM »

Strange as it sounds piece work routinely is below minimum wage unless you have some serious speed (or know time compression tricks) or are shorting quality.

I don't much like most knit/sew for hire jobs.. poor materials result is poor products and half the time they would pay for the work citing "shoddy" results... After one round of that I refused to try again even though my grandmother thought it was a wonderful idea...

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« Reply #743 on: July 02, 2007 05:42:00 AM »

i don't think that job would be quite that bad. I mean, if it was a sidejob and not a job you had to be hardcore dependant on. Think of how many items you could knit (if you did it with ALL of your spare time).. It could get you quite a bit of money, especially if you didn't have to buy the yarn itself.
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« Reply #744 on: July 02, 2007 07:15:12 AM »

i don't think that job would be quite that bad. I mean, if it was a sidejob and not a job you had to be hardcore dependant on. Think of how many items you could knit (if you did it with ALL of your spare time).. It could get you quite a bit of money, especially if you didn't have to buy the yarn itself.

True, which is why I even considered it in the first place.  But I knew the place would be selling the knit items for at LEAST twice that, depending on the item.  Just seems a little iffy to me, especially since I know I wouldn't have received ANY credit for my work besides the $15
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« Reply #745 on: July 02, 2007 08:06:16 AM »

When I worked at my LYS, we would have knitters do up the display stuff for us. We had some iffy little formula to figure out what they got paid - it was something times the yardage divided by something blah blah blah. It was a little more fair I guess, because you would get paid more if you did a double knit sweater that if you were to knit a chunky sweater. Still it was ridiculously low. We had one knitter though, who could do a sweater in like two days. She was some kinda speed demon. Usually they would get paid around 20 dollars for a worsted weight sweater. They were older ladies with no other job, and did it more because they liked to knit and had no one to knit for.
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« Reply #746 on: July 03, 2007 07:42:47 PM »

But just a few weeks ago the weirdest thing happened.  I was stopped by a guy asking for money . . .  I'll pay you for it of course, he says, and proffered his mobile phone number so I could let him know when it was done.   Huh  WTF!?  I really had no idea what on earth to say, my standard replies weren't going to cut it here as the whole situation was so illogicall. 

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« Reply #747 on: July 03, 2007 08:33:00 PM »

The same strange man stopped one of my S'n'B compadres again last night.  Again outside the train and again he requested $4.  I was lucky enough not to have seen him this week.  That is until a few hours later when we spotted him wandering around in the cafe where we have our stitchin' and our bitchin'  Shocked.  I don't think he follwed any of us or anything, but it will be annoying if we can't get away from him.  The best part though, is that he saw us all crafting and did not ask us to knit him anything.  Looks like he may have come to understand it is not gonna happen, and so perhaps the important battle has been won.   Cheesy
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« Reply #748 on: July 03, 2007 09:17:28 PM »

The same strange man stopped one of my S'n'B compadres again last night.  Again outside the train and again he requested $4.  I was lucky enough not to have seen him this week.  That is until a few hours later when we spotted him wandering around in the cafe where we have our stitchin' and our bitchin'  Shocked.  I don't think he follwed any of us or anything, but it will be annoying if we can't get away from him.  The best part though, is that he saw us all crafting and did not ask us to knit him anything.  Looks like he may have come to understand it is not gonna happen, and so perhaps the important battle has been won.   Cheesy

WOW. I thought, maybe it was possible he needed $4 that day to buy something specific, just that one time - since you say he offered to pay for a knit item.

but apparently he's just crazy!
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« Reply #749 on: July 03, 2007 11:13:24 PM »

All this $4 stuff keeps reminding me of the time I was waiting at the bus station downtown, and a (homeless?) guy walks up to me and said, "Can I have five bucks?"  But it wasn't a question as much as a demand.  I don't know if I should feel honored.  Apparently I looked like I just had an extra $5 laying around!  Roll Eyes

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