I am not talking of family members here or very close friends.
Last January someone saw me wearing this: (the new one on the left!)
And asked if I could make her one. Oh she said she would pay me for the materials and a bit more! Well I wasn’t fussed about the bit more but she is a generous person herself and I thought I could fit it in in odd moments so I agreed but told her it would be a few months coming.
In the end though when I told her how much it had cost me to make – (yarn and a new reel of shir elastic – about £7 I think) – she just paid me that, no mention of more. I think she was expecting it to be cheaper!
Now on Tuesday this week I wore this:
And I had one of my friends saying how lovely it was and would I make her one – she would pay me for the wool and my time. Well I told her that I wouldn’t be able to charge her for my time as that would count as ‘income’ and involve the tax man but I was thinking ‘How much would she be prepared to pay for my time if I told her how long it would take – 2p per hour?’
She was quite persistant though and then just a few minutes later someone I don’t know personally also asked if I would make her one. Again there was a degree of persistance with the request made more than once, in spite of my having said no and explaining how long it might take.
Do you gets these requests? How do you respond?