Shhhh... hear that? I've been in my house alone for hours. I know! The only dishes in the sink are mine! And those shoes on the floor? Mine. And, they haven't moved from where I put them! I KNOW!
Dear Son is off to Scout Camp, Daughter is out volunteering, Hubster is working... I KNOW!
I did a little laundry, and some clean up. I talked on the phone. Then I knit. And listened to Emma, another Jane Austen. BTW, I know that Wuthering Heights isn't Austen. Now. I just lumped them all together. If I was writing some kind of paper for credit I'd have gotten that right...
What did I knit? Well, that is precisely the subject of this post. Weeks ago, a customer asked me to teach her how to do mattress stitch so that she could sew an applied edge to an afghan. She came in and we worked on it. Turns out to be not exactly mattress stitch as there are different edge stitches at each end and down the sides of the afghan and the applied edging uses garter stitch to but up against the afghan. Fiddly at best. So she threw up her hands after 45 minutes and asked me how much I'd charge to put it together for her. I threw out a huge number thinking that would settle her into learning this skill. She promptly accepted, left me the pile and walked out. Turns out she had to knit more of the edging for me to apply, and that took a few weeks, and then after she dropped it off at the shop, I couldn't get it into my bag to take it home, but once I settled down to do it? It took like an hour and a half.
The afghan is really lovely. It's a Lion Brand pattern, but I don't have the front page so I don't know the name of it. It has lovely trees worked out of cables and traveling stitches and rows of something that looks like either thistles or tulips. It's about 5 1/2 feet by 4 feet, so there is just shy of 20 feet of edging.
And I do mean just shy...
About 5 pattern repeats shy. So the time I spent on this piece more than doubled while I knit more leaves and applied them -- in all 3 1/2 hours.
The price I quoted? $20.00 an hour. Is it worth it to you? The application was fiddly, but very easy once I decided on the pattern of stitches to use in seaming. And I could listen and work. I think I wish she had learned the skill rather than pay me that much money for something so simple. And isn't it funny how I'm sitting here thinking that something not 1 person in a thousand could accomplish so neatly isn't worth a measly 20 bucks an hour? What is that all about?
Ok. Now that I've talked myself into that, more on what I did with my day. But no pics as the light is less that great right now. Filey is getting shoulder seams tonight and a neck treatment. Then it's on to sleeve island.