Friday, October 13, 2006

hat -shaped hat

- in walked a man in the shape of a man holding a hat-shaped hat -
(ani difranco, "hat-shaped hat")


i always get songs stuck in my head, and i've been singing this song over & over, making up my little hat kits in preparation for the miso funky market next weekend (at which the lovely elaine is going to let me use a corner of her table, as i don't have enough handspun to fill a whole table yet!). the hat pattern i wrote up to go with the kit is a simple, basic, hat-shaped stockinette hat, which is what prompted the song. the kits are slowly taking shape - i was a bit worried about each kit having enough yarn, so i'm adding accent colours for stripes just to be on the safe side (although i managed to knit the test hat out of one 50g skein of handspun with no accent colours to bump up the yardage, so perhaps i'm just being paranoid - it even fits me, and i have a disproportionately large head).
i'm actually finding the thought of trying to sell my handmade things vaguely alarming (that's my 97% neurotic personality showing again!). i'm also having a dilemma over pricing the hat kits - any suggestions? the kit comprises (more than) enough handspun to knit a hat (varying fibres, depending on the kit) as well as a basic pattern inside the label, & some pewter charms for embellishment - the yarn colours & the charms are worked around themes - the one pictured below is called (perhaps rather obviously, but i like it!) "strawberry beret"...


so, how much would you pay for that? (be nice...)

7 comments:

TheBunny said...

8-15 dollars? Probably about the same in pounds. If 50g made up an adult hat, that would be around 100-120 yards? Or 90-110 meters. Plus the charm. I don't think 12-15 pounds is asking too much, do you? Does that make you a profit? In retail you need to at least double what your cost is to do little more than break even. What was your cost?

kim said...

I saw your sweater drawing in the red sweater KAL. I loved it! I looked for one on-line and found one that looks like your drawing from Knitting Pure and Simple. It's the Neckdown Wrap Cardigan #263. Might be what you're looking for.....

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous

Nell said...

I agree with thebunny. At least £15. Kits are fairly unusual, you don't have much to go on. How much are Rowan's kits? But your yarn in much nicer :)

thomasina said...

at least £12, possibly up to £15 like thebunny says. Think about a) the cost price; b) what you would pay for a comparable ball of yarn in the shops; c) how much a similar hat would cost to buy in Accessorize or similar.

scarybez said...

Have you seen the kits at K1 Yarns? The felted hat kits are £15.99, and they don't include yummy handspun! (although they will have more yarn as they're for felted hats). How much are you charging for a ball of handspun?

soCherry said...

hey :) sent you an email - as for pricing - at least £20-£25 - they're gorgeous!

Elaine xx