Continuing with my previous blog post, hubby’s socks are coming along fine. Here they are so far, looking a bit rough. When I’m done knitting them, a proper blocking will ease them into looking smoother (I hope) . . .
So, the other day, I was talking to a friend who was uneasy about all the work that goes into knitting a pair of plain ol’, white wool, size 13EE socks.
She asked me how much I pay for sock yarn. When I replied that it is not unusual to pay $18 to $20 a skein, she shrieked, “And you still have do to do all the work!? What? Are you nuts? Why not just buy a pair?”
Oh, the pain.
I decided not to tell her that for a men’s size 13EE, I had to buy two skeins.
Sweet hubby Howard, if you are reading this: I’m sorry if you are now lying on the floor in hope of smelling salts.
We don’t have any.
Live with it.
Back to my friend: Her question was not new to me, and for knitters in general, it is far from new. “Why not just buy it” has irked pointy-sticks folks for ages. I was forewarned about it in blogs, conversations and books (Yarn Harlott comes to mind).
Forewarned is forearmed. I wanted to be prepared with an answer.
I had decided the best way to conquer “why not buy cheaper, faster knit stuff” was to explain that knitting is entertainment, which, if you consider the price per hour, makes knitting a bargain.
When the question came this last time, I thought I was ready with an answer . . .
I turned to my friend and said, “Well, how much would you pay for dinner out and a movie? Probably much more than I pay for a skein of sock yarn . . . and how long does your entertainment last? Less than one night? Well, let me tell you, for far less money, I get to entertain myself for . . . for . . . “
Then I stopped. I realized I had no idea how long it takes to knit a pair of socks.
So, I simply said, “. . . for . . . for . . . forever,” which I figured was pretty close to the truth since that’s what knitting a pair of socks feels like.
I vowed to get a better answer.
Off I went to visit Ravelry’s Sock Knitters Anonymous Forum, where I asked fellow sockaholics how many hours it takes them to knit a pair of socks.
The most popular answer seemed to be 20 hours. This might change since the thread is still active. If you are a member of Ravelry, you can find it here.
While I’ve never timed myself, I would guess it takes me around 30 hours, especially since I’m still new to knitting socks. So, let’s figure an average of 25 hours a pair.
With thanks to all my friends on Sock Knitters Anonymous I now have a more definite answer.
Wow! For 20 U.S. dollars, I get 25 hours of fun. That’s 80 cents an hour for pleasure beyond belief, plus it is calorie free, gluten free, etc.
AND I end up with socks that are priceless.
Such a deal.
Your turn: What do you say when someone asks why you don’t buy socks, sweaters, hats, etc. instead of knitting them?
Love to all,
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