Monday, November 11, 2013

This makes me so HOPPING MAD!!! What about you?

I don't know if I am being paranoid and overly sensitive but here's what happened to me . A woman I don't know at all contacted me on Facebook asking me to make a preemie beanie and pair of booties for her niece who was born at a very tiny 5lb 7oz

I said I would be happy to do that and told her the price would be $10

She wrote back and told me a sad story of how she realised $10 'wasn't very much' BUT she  was very poor, her wedding was on November 30th, she had a lot of bills, didn't know if she would have enough money yada  yada  yada......

I wrote this back

The things I make are one offs and works of creative art. I have to pay for the materials used. Check out my facebook page and look at the pictures of my work - it isn't the fact that $10 isn't much - but that you think my work is not worth paying for - go and buy something from Target and see how much they charge for a mass produced article. If I could afford to give them to you for nothing, I wouldn't be putting a price on them, would I ?
 
Well, she replied - a blistering message, calling me stingy, and unfeeling, that I was 'up myself'' that she never criticised my work (did I say she did?) and that I could stick the hat and booties where the sun doesn't shine......( well not in so many words , but you get my drift)
 
This sort of thing makes so angry - I had another woman last year ask me if I would make a Queen Size Wool Eater Blanket in pure wool - when I told her it would cost her over $200 ( I was not charging the full price) she was so astounded, she said she thought it would be about $20.00 !!!!! Twenty  dollars????????? for a Queen size blanket with about 10 or more kilos of yarn  in it????
 
Where do people get this mad idea that knitting and crochet is worth nothing??
 
I am so mad at this idiotic woman I could SPIT!!!
 
Rant over - back to some nice soothing knitting and cup of lemon and ginger tea......
 
 

4 comments:

Dorothy said...

We'll said Yvette -I totally agree with you.

Yvette said...

Thanks Dorothy - it is so prevalent nowadays - hand made is so looked down upon by a lot of people....

Anita said...

Hi Yvette,
That sort of comment from some people does not surprise me....I've had things like that happen to me too. $10 is not a lot of money and as we knitter's and crafter's know....you don't always get paid as much as you should considering the time things take to make. As for the queen size blanket...$20...that one is from Mars I think. lol.
Cheers, Anita.

Justjen said...

Oh Yvette, it has happened to me so many times.Just be comforted by the fact that, we know you are an amazingly talented, and charitable lady xx.