in the absence of a real knitting update

Work has been insane of late, so I’ve been working at night too, and no knitting has been done. So instead of talking about progress on the baby sweater (slow) or my desire to start the Tivoli T (intense), let’s revisit an old project. Sam‘s Christmas Stocking, 2004. I was actually commissioned to make this stocking by Sam’s mom, a friend of mine, in honor of Sam’s first Christmas.

I really wish there were some close-ups of the colorwork, because I did a kickass job, if I do say so myself. It was my first complex stranding project, and it being a gift–one that my friend’s husband was claiming would be their first real family heirloom–I was very stressed to do a good job. But my floats are all nice and even.

The trickiest part of being commissioned was negotiating the price. Not with my friend, but in my own head. How much should I charge? If I went with my freelance rate (for actual work), then it would cost $400. But seeing as how that makes for a completely ridiculous stocking price, I had to rethink. Finally a friend gave me a funny but accurate equation that she made up, and it spit out $150. And when my friend realized that I was paralyzed with fear of discussing the price, she threw out a starting bid of $100. I upped it to $150 and the deal was done.

A lot of the price was based on the fact that I figured it would take me 20 hours to complete. So after we agreed on the price, I decided I ought to take careful track and see if I really did take that long, or if I was either overcharging or cheating myself. And in the end, it took me exactly 20 hours.

The things I learned? Always stretch your floats, and don’t be afraid to ask for what you want.

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