Our Craft Room

I have not been online in a few days as we have been moving the house around so things are a bit more accessible for me, well when I say ‘we’ what I mean is that hubby has done the moving and I have been ordering him around!

We have moved the lounge down to what was the study/craft room (where I stored my yarn) Then moved all the craft and study stuff up to the lounge/diner which we are now calling “the craft room” the dining table generally gets used as a craft table when we are not eating.

It is nice because we realised that the T.V was very distracting for everyone when it was on, we are hoping if it is out of the way then we can convince the children to focus more on doing rather than watching. In the past few months they have found more things on the T.V that they want to watch so less would be good!

We also realised the study was actually very big, we can have the T.V and sofas in the room with space to play on the floor, and as we only want the sofa and T.V in the room it is perfect!

The desk has been moved up (we have two steps separating the rooms) with the shelves and other bits. This means that my craft items and wool are easy to get to, and the children’s craft items have been moved too so we can all craft away together. It is nearer the table and desk for convenience. The desk is now a work desk for hubby but also a sewing desk and has plenty of room for cutting, he likes to sew as well as crochet, I got a good deal with this one 😀 Most importantly for hubby he is close to the rest of the family rather than stuck away in a cluttered room, and he can help me with fetching things and moving around now he is closer.

The best thing for me is that I can get to all the craft things and get help easily as well as being near everyone as we knit, sew and paint away, and we have kept a nice comfy chair up in the now ‘craft room’ for me to sit on. I don’t intend to go down to the lounge very often as I can not go up and down the steps very easily and it is too far away from the rest of the house (although it is right next to the craft room) I don’t use the T.V most of the day until the evening when we settle down after the children have gone to bed and watch something, often hubby sits and works and I knit, so this solution is ideal, we can be up in the craft room most of the day, working or crafting and being the family unit we want to be and I can access items and help easily without a huge commotion!

We have had a massive declutter and hopefully we can find a good sensible home for everything and make our lives that much easier.

we are still finding a home for everything but i am enjoying making the space workable for all of us 😀

 

 

Knitting On Minimum Wage

I often hear it said in the crafting world that crafters should get payed for the materials they use, in my case yarn and needles, and I guess some sort of percentage for other knitting items we may want or need….and then they should ask for at least the minimum wage for the hours of craft (knitting) on the item…so how does that work out for us?

I personally think the idea is great, I would love to earn (and pay) the minimum wage and charge for the hours put into each item, by the time the books are done and all the other paperwork that goes along side items I knit, and not to mention the time writing some of my patterns, it really does mount up to a lot of hours!

Here is were I think the problems come in, every knitter knits at a different speed, so how can we tell how long it actually took!?

One person can under cut another by a lot if they can knit fast! though if they get it done quick shouldn’t they deserve extra for that?

I decided I would price up one item of mine, it is just for hours I put into the item, not for the yarn or any additions, purely how long I spent knitting it. I used “The National Minimum Wage rate per hour” for my age…well I was very shocked! one lace work shawl, very lovely and very pretty, would cost in hours…quite a lot OVER £300!! (nearly £400) 😮

Can I really justify someone paying me this amount!? I don’t think I can.

Would I feel bad for the person buying this? ermm yes,

Is it believable? I am not sure a non-knitter or even a knitter would think it is a good judgement on hours put in (even though this is timed!)

Would it cost a lot more than other similar items on the market!? defiantly!

Would I pay that much for an item, even if I absolutely loved it? of coarse not, that could feed my family for more than a month! but then if I had the money to spare I probably would….

I am not really sure were I am going with this, but I do know in an ideal world we would pay for the hours and the materials put in to a project, but in the real world no one would buy it, or at least very few would.

But one thing is for sure I get enjoyment from making items for people, I love feeling the yarns and working with them, everything about knitting I love, so for me it is not all about money it is providing people with items that they want knitted so they can enjoy some of that love for yarn I have.

I work by knitting, I am not sure there is much out there that is suitable for me to do, I love my work and although I would love a world of fair trade and everyone to be paid at least the minimum wage, I settle for less because after all at least by knitting I can work! and I can feel that I am doing something with my life rather than letting my EDS stand in my way as it does with many other things!

I also know that this may not last and every day can knit is a bonus, and I am very thankful I can still knit fast!

I guess it is up to the consumer to make up their own minds on this….would you pay for the hours put in?

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