I read something fairly interesting on the Yarn Harlot blog after work, and it got me to thinking.
Most folks don’t take hand knitting very seriously, and don’t really want to pay what it’s worth, both for the knitter to buy the amount of yarn that went into the finished product, and for the knitter’s time. I don’t know about other knitters out there in the world, but it takes me awhile to get even a simple project done because I work full-time. Granted, most nights I do get the chance to sit down for the last 45-50 minutes of my shift and knit at the very least a couple rows before I go home, but anymore, most of my knitting is done late at night on the weekends when I can get several uninterrupted hours to sit, knit and watch a DVD, or in the car if the parents and I are driving to one of the two semi-decent malls in the area. For me, it’s a hobby to help relax when the work week is over or to try to save a buck or two on scarves I'll actually wear. But there are a few who test knit patterns to supplement their income. Steph brought up several good points in her post, though. I’ll let you go read it, though.
Now, why wouldn't folks want to pay for what someone's time is worth? Especially in a handcraft that, while it can be produced much more efficiently and quickly on machines, can show in wool form how much you treasure/love/care for someone? And don’t you think the knitter’s time and years of experience are worth paying them a livable amount for?
Let me know what you folks think in a comment! Thanks!