Welcome to my new follower TillyTrotter.
My current WIP is a single blanket for the small spare bedroom, which has sunshine yellow walls, aquamarine curtains, plain stone colour carpet, and cushions/pictures in splashes of yellow, aqua, green, blue and peach. The bedding is plain cream.
The colours are a bit muted in the photo, sorry about that, they're actually quite a bit brighter. I've chosen them to complement the existing colours of the cushions etc.
I've recently been asked if I would make a double bed size blanket for someone, for which they would pay me. After giving it some thought, I've gracefully declined.
I crochet because I like it and find it relaxing, however, even though I enjoy doing it, I can only crochet for about an hour at a time as I find nowadays it gives me an achey pain in my left shoulder and neck. Something to do with posture I guess and to do with getting older(!!), as I didn't have this trouble when I was younger. Consequently, a blanket, even a single size one, takes me several weeks to finish. I don't crochet every day....there are times when I get a bit fed up with it and don't do any for 2 or 3 weeks. If I was doing it for someone who was paying me, I'd feel obliged to get on with it and finish it much quicker....that would put me under pressure, I wouldn't enjoy it and thus it would take away my reason for crocheting in the first place.
And then there's the cost. Those of you who crochet will know it's not particularly cost-effective to do it, yarn is expensive and crocheting something large or intricate takes a long time. The pleasure is in finishing it, a beautiful thing that you've created yourself. The yarn alone for a single size blanket would likely cost upwards of £30, depending on the yarn chosen. And how do you put a price on the amount of work that goes into it, the sheer number of hours and weeks that it takes to do it? I couldn't even begin to quantify that.
I am seeing more and more people at vintage fairs who are selling homemade crocheted blankets, though I can't imagine that they make a lot of money out of it....unless they crochet a lot faster than me.
I guess it must be the same with quilting....I'm sure that must take a long time too. Do any of you sell your quilts or crocheted/knitted blankets?