To start things off, you can send an inquiry through the form on the commission page to let me know what you’d like. From there on we can determine how much everything is going to cost, how long I’ll need to finish it and how you want the garment sent to you! The more detailed you are about what you’d like, the better I can help you out.
How do you handle the process & payments?
Before we start, I will locate the yarn and other materials suitable for your project. You need to approve the materials and send a materials payment first so I can purchase everything I need to finish your project. Once the materials are in my possession, I will request a 50% deposit for the work. I will work diligently and give you frequent progress updates so you can enjoy the ride with me! After completing your project, I will send you a finalized invoice for the remaining 50% of the price and the total shipping costs for your chosen shipping method. Snail mail and packages usually arrive within 2-4 weeks in the US and most other countries. (Please see the bottom of the price list for the possible shipping methods.)
What happens if I change my mind?
If I have less than 25% of the project done, I will give you a refund of the 50% payment. If you wish to keep the materials, or the materials cannot be returned to the seller for a refund, you need to cover shipping costs so I can send them to you. If the materials can be returned to the seller for a refund, you will cover any potential shipping costs to the seller and receive a refund for the materials. If you do not want to keep the materials or cover shipping costs, the materials will remain in my possession without a materials refund.
If more than 25% of the project is done, the deposit and material purchases are non-refundable, sorry! This is also true if you don’t like the finished garment and don’t want it after all; I will keep it and/or sell it for the remainder of the payment I didn’t receive to cover my loss.
How complex can my project be for your listed prices?
My prices are a base guideline for simple patterns. This means that fancy lacework or complex cables will up the price to compensate for the extra time it takes to knit. How much that will be depends on the pattern but will remain reasonable!
I have this pattern/saw this pattern and want you to knit it for me, can you do that?
Most likely yes! If the pattern is free or you already own it, it shouldn’t be a problem. If the pattern needs to be paid for, you will have to purchase it for me, or send me the money so I can purchase it myself. The copy of the pattern will be yours unless you state otherwise.
Why are your items so expensive?
This is a very good question! It may appear that ‘knitting makes you rich’, but the opposite is true. Most knitters who sell their works are charging very little for their time and make very little profit on their works. That doesn’t mean it’s not a lot of money, but it’s still proportionally little to what went into the item. I’ll try to explain it to the best of my abilities.
Essentially, before I was able to knit sweaters, hats, socks and other items, I had to spend many days, weeks, even months learning how to knit various techniques. I had to learn how to construct each garment. I had to learn how to read my knitting so I can spot, avoid and fix mistakes. I don’t work with premade fabric, but I have to make my own, stitch by stitch. I can’t cut it into shape so I have to make it into the final, desired shape as I go along, something that requires knowledge and experience. You could say that part of the price is the years that went into learning how to do it!
Then finally you have to consider the time that goes into it. A sweater can take a full-time week’s worth to knit – 40 hours! On minimum wage you make almost $300 for working this much, so when I sell my sweaters at half that price I have basically worked for you for half the minimum wage. And that’s without getting tips to make up for the difference. Furthermore I absolutely love the craft and I put love and dedication into it that no machine can.
As an added bonus, however, I leave all my customers in charge of choosing the materials to get the best prices for them (with suggestions and help from me of course). My main supplier of yarn is Ice Yarns, who frequently have sales and yarns in all sorts of shades and types all year around. I managed to knit my boyfriend’s sweater for only $8 in materials! And the result is a lovely, warm, soft and interesting fabric that holds up on wear and tear just as well as more expensive yarns. 🙂
I hope this brings into perspective why I chose the prices I did. It’s absolutely okay to find them too expensive, because if a handknit item has little to value to you, it’s naturally not going to be worth a lot of money to you! Either way, thank you for reading and I hope to hear from you about a commission. 😉