I started a commissioned project last week, for an agility friend. She wanted something special to give to her mom for Christmas. Normally, when I quote my going rate for custom knits, the response is a moment of silence, followed by a vague excuse. This isn’t un-intentional on my part — I have a lot of design knitting and a lot of personal knitting I want to do, and knitting a specific project for someone else needs to be worth the time. My base rate is $0.25/yard, plus cost of yarn — which doesn’t approach minimum wage for most projects, yet is far more than most people are willing to pay.
This time though, my friend said something along the lines of, “Great, do you think you can be done before Christmas? Do I pay you now?” So, for the first time in a while, I’m working a for-pay project. I don’t want to give any photos or other important information away — Christmas surprise and all that — but suffice to say the yarn is DELICIOUS and I am loving the project.