I saw this post on social media and had to share it:
It’s an opinion piece about the cost of creating a sweater. I’m asked often if I will knit something for someone. I typically don’t mind knitting a hat or something small but no matter what I make it takes time and costs money. Here’s a prime example of the cost of a sweater. This is the sweater I knit for my Mom for Christmas:
Periwinkle Sheep Watercolor Fingering Weight: 1 skein, $34
Miss Babs Yowza in Ghoulish: 2 skeins, $76
Total yarn cost: $110
6 weeks on and off, about 2 hours an evening. Let’s say I make this in about 40 hours over the 6 weeks. At $10 an hour, that’s $400.
Total cost to make the sweater: $510 and that doesn’t even include a mark-up!
I try to buy the best yarn I can for a project but I can’t always afford $100+ for a sweater. But I think when you can knit a sweater with ease your friends think it’s an inexpensive thing to do. That’s just not the case. So next time someone asks you to knit them a sweater you can do like I do and said, “I can…but I won’t.” It’s always okay to say no.