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PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
Your work is just beautiful, GingerFoxx! I don't blame you for keeping the asymmetrical poncho. It's gorgeous! I haven't been able to crochet much the past week or so. I had a lot of work to do, plus I had company, plus Thanksgiving, so I'm hoping to finish the virus stitch poncho this weekend.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I finished the virus stitch poncho at my parents' house today. I'm really pleased with how it came out. Fingers crossed that somebody buys it next weekend at the craft fair. :)

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GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Thank you, GingerFoxx. I really love it, so I won't be super sad if no one buys it, because I would totally be fine with keeping this for myself. :D
How much are you asking for it? I have a coworker who wanted to commission me for one just like it once she has her baby next month. Then another coworker volunteered to pay for it as a gift for her surprise baby shower. Pricing things is so challenging sometimes!
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
How much are you asking for it? I have a coworker who wanted to commission me for one just like it once she has her baby next month. Then another coworker volunteered to pay for it as a gift for her surprise baby shower. Pricing things is so challenging sometimes!
It sure is. There are many factors, such as considering the clientele who will show up at these craft fairs. I looked at some acrylic ponchos at The Paper Store recently, and they were charging between $30 and $50 for machine-made ones. That seems a little low for me, given that I spent $18 on the yarn (parts of six skeins).

I'm not sure what to charge. I go by that formula to triple the cost of supplies, and then I add a little extra for my time depending on the difficulty/fanciness of the pattern. I think I'd like to charge $70 or $75. If someone offers me $65 or so, I'll probably take it, because I could really use the extra money. But I won't go under $60, given what I spent for the yarn.
 

shyvas

Deity
Forum Moderator
It sure is. There are many factors, such as considering the clientele who will show up at these craft fairs. I looked at some acrylic ponchos at The Paper Store recently, and they were charging between $30 and $50 for machine-made ones. That seems a little low for me, given that I spent $18 on the yarn (parts of six skeins).

I'm not sure what to charge. I go by that formula to triple the cost of supplies, and then I add a little extra for my time depending on the difficulty/fanciness of the pattern. I think I'd like to charge $70 or $75. If someone offers me $65 or so, I'll probably take it, because I could really use the extra money. But I won't go under $60, given what I spent for the yarn.
I'd be curious to know if you can sell it for the amount you wish. How many hours did it take you to crochet the poncho ?

Please do let us know.;)

Is there no way that you can buy wool/yarn via a wholesale store ? :)
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I'd be curious to know if you can sell it for the amount you wish. How many hours did it take you to crochet the poncho ?

Please do let us know.;)

Is there no way that you can buy wool/yarn via a wholesale store ? :)
I will be, too, haha. I actually got that yarn on sale. There aren't any wholesale stores that I am aware of, but that would be great. I rarely pay full price for yarn, though. I usually wait for sales or coupons. Sadly, yarn shops are disappearing, so that leaves craft stores like Joanne's and Michaels for yarn, or Walmart or Amazon. I also don't buy wool or any animal-based yarn, so anything I use is either plant-based or man-made.

Do you think the price is too high? I am not sure how many hours it took me. If I were to guess, I would say 12 to 15 hours.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I was going to charge $40-$45 for the one I will be making, but if I were selling to a stranger or at a fair like you are, I'd ask more than for a friend/coworker. Based on the yarn I plan to use, it will likely be 2-3 times the cost of materials. The unfortunate part about this hobby is there is no way to charge a fair hourly rate for your time and get paid what you are worth.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I was going to charge $40-$45 for the one I will be making, but if I were selling to a stranger or at a fair like you are, I'd ask more than for a friend/coworker. Based on the yarn I plan to use, it will likely be 2-3 times the cost of materials. The unfortunate part about this hobby is there is no way to charge a fair hourly rate for your time and get paid what you are worth.
Agreed. And yes, if I were to make this for a friend who commissioned it, I would probably charge in the same range as you. I think a lot depends on the clientele and area of the craft fairs. People in more wealthy towns are willing to pay more.
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
I made this cowl neck V-stitch poncho throughout the last week. I just finished it up yesterday and I am testing it out now. So warm! :)

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Another gorgeous piece! Well done, GingerFoxx! I love those colors, too.


I did not sell my poncho at the craft fair, but I did receive a lot of compliments on it. I think I probably should have charged in the $50 to $55 range. I did sell the black shawl, though, for $35, so I was happy about that. Overall, I made more than $200, which will really help me with the rest of my Christmas shopping. I was really pleased. I need to work on my web page next. A friend who is a graphic arts designer is working on a logo for me. I would have loved to have had cards and whatnot, but I did at least print up a price list and put my side business email on it. One person took a picture of it, so maybe I will get an order for something.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I decided to make a poncho for my Secret Santa recipient at the office. She is a fellow crocheter and shares a lot of my other interests. I know she will appreciate the effort I put into it. I started last night. Hoping to finish it over these next 3 days.
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I finished my poncho for the office Secret Santa on Saturday. It's tricky to photograph because of the design of it. It's a "high-low" poncho, so when it's worn correctly, the front falls about at the hip, and the back is longer. Hopefully you can get the idea from looking at it:
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GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
Right now, I am working on a Doctor Who tardis-inspired winter hat for my boyfriend's father for Christmas/birthday (which is on New Year's Eve). I got the pattern from a coworker's girlfriend, but I don't think the instructions are written correctly, so I am going to modify the waffle stitch hat pattern I've had success with previously, and just make a tardis blue version with the little white "windows" like a police call box. Stay tuned for that, hopefully later this week.

Also on the short list... continuing to chip away at progress on my boyfriend's blanket. His grandmother requested a virus pattern poncho in purple, white and gold (for the women's suffrage movement) and I will be making another poncho for the baby shower commission I mentioned previously. Good golly, I feel busy!

My other coworker who recently got into crochet came into my office first thing this morning, eager to show me the latest blanket she is making, following the nautilus pattern available on YouTube. While showing off her progress, she mentioned how an experienced crocheter friend of hers always comments to her when she sees my posts on Facebook. Evidently, I have a mild celebrity status with her friend. How crazy is that?!
 

PTree15

Beach bum
Location
Connecticut
Right now, I am working on a Doctor Who tardis-inspired winter hat for my boyfriend's father for Christmas/birthday (which is on New Year's Eve). I got the pattern from a coworker's girlfriend, but I don't think the instructions are written correctly, so I am going to modify the waffle stitch hat pattern I've had success with previously, and just make a tardis blue version with the little white "windows" like a police call box. Stay tuned for that, hopefully later this week.

Also on the short list... continuing to chip away at progress on my boyfriend's blanket. His grandmother requested a virus pattern poncho in purple, white and gold (for the women's suffrage movement) and I will be making another poncho for the baby shower commission I mentioned previously. Good golly, I feel busy!

My other coworker who recently got into crochet came into my office first thing this morning, eager to show me the latest blanket she is making, following the nautilus pattern available on YouTube. While showing off her progress, she mentioned how an experienced crocheter friend of hers always comments to her when she sees my posts on Facebook. Evidently, I have a mild celebrity status with her friend. How crazy is that?!
That is so cool!
Also, way cool on the Dr. Who hat. I've been wanting to do a Harry Potter one for my nephew's girlfriend, as she is a huge Harry Potter fan.
I haven't worked on anything since the craft fair, but I'm itching start on the beach bags I want to make for the summer craft fair at the beach. Here is a link to the pattern that I found on Ravelry.com:
 

GingerFoxx

No effin' whey!
I modified the waffle stitch hat pattern I used previously to make this Doctor Who TARDIS inspired hat for my boyfriend's father:
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Last night I started on the purple, white and gold virus pattern poncho for my boyfriend's grandmother's birthday on the 24th. Hoping to still have time to bang out a couple more hats before Christmas for his mother, my mother and my brother...
 
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