Okay knitters! This is a very serious post, I need commentors! Whenever I knit something really cool all of my friends want me to knit one for them. They often offer to pay for it, but they still don’t realize how much time it can take- I do NOT have time to knit 6 people one of the bathing suits I just designed. I’m sure this happens for all knitters, hand knit items are pretty amazing. But today at the pool when I was watching the kids I kind of got pressured into agreeing to knit a bathing suit for one of the ladies there. She is the epitome of fashionable Italian, wearing heels to the pool everyday. So while this was encouraging that she would like my design, at first she insinuated she would just pay me for the cost of materials. I really hesitated because I already have planned what I want to knit next and didn’t really want to make this for her. There’s also the added pain of a knit bathing suit have to fit PERFECTLY for it to not look frumpy. She asked me how much I would look like her to pay and I hesitated again, because honestly high end bathing suits go for a lot of money, and comparing that with the time I put in, I would think $100 wouldn’t be too much. Obviously most people aren’t willing to pay that much, but she seems pretty rich. I was thinking about saying 80 euros at about the same time she offered 30 euros. It was sad. There was basically no way I could say no at this point, so I agreed to 40 euros.
This is where you come in readers, please help!
How much would/do you sell you knitted items for? Do you think it’s worth it?
Also, if I wrote a detailed and charted pattern for this bathing suit do you think anyone would buy it?
I’m torn, I really don’t have time to be knitting large items for sale. The few things I have on etsy are headbands and only take about 4 hours to make. Things like bathing suits that have a lot of detail and finishing touches such as a lining and sweaters that are just large take upwards of 50 hours. But I do like that people want to wear them. Like I said I’m torn.