I said it.
It had to be said.
For about… oh, 2 years or so, I had been attempting to create the end-all post as to WHY I don’t knit on demand.
I never posted them because I felt like I could never get the entries quite right. Some were ranty. Some were bitchy. None were organized. All went on for forever.
And I was really worried I’d hurt someone’s feelings. That’s the biggie.
Non-knitters have asked me for things in the past, and I understand that the reason why they do it is because they think what I do is neat.
But I don’t take requests or commissions, and I’ve formed a short and incomplete list as to why I don’t knit on demand, in case you were curious.
#1. I’ve got a lot of projects on my plate, and I have no interest in making anything else.
Seriously. To date, I’ve got 2 pairs of socks, 2 baby sweaters, a fingerless glove, a dog sweater and a hat on my needles. And I’d really like to knit myself a Loch Ness monster. And 3 sweaters. And another hat.
#2. You really want to pay me for my time, but I’m not in the mood to discuss what I charge (it’s a lot) and why (this is a skill).
Also – there are copyright issues when working from someone else’s pattern and charging for it. I refuse to get into that here. For more information, I recommend speaking to your friendly neighborhood a legal professional.
#3. I hate deadlines. It makes knitting less fun.
I don’t care if the deadline is a year from now. It’s still a deadline.
#4. I’ve been burned before. I’ve been pestered into knitting A Thing, and then once the person gets it, they never use/wear it.
It’s happened only a handful of times, and I’ve gotten over it, but I don’t want to go back there again.
#5. I’m a fiber snob, and I want to work with the high-quality stuff.
Working with high-quality materials makes any task more fun and enjoyable. Do you remember the last time you had to use a slow, clunky computer and how incredibly frustrating it was? That’s how I feel when someone suggests Red Heart.
And that’s about all for right now. These five reasons cover pretty much all of the bases. There are more reasons, and I may discuss them a little bit here and there as they come up.
The one thing I want everyone to take away from this post is to realize if they make a request, and I refuse, IT IS NOT PERSONAL. I’m just a selfish knitter.