Why handmade? My math...
I have always had a cheaper is better mentality.
When you don't have any money, cheaper means you can afford more. It's basic math. But is cheaper any better?
Do you really get what you pay for?
I have been trying to adjust my thinking, here over the last several
years. Here's some of my math:
I can go and buy a pair of pants from Walmart for $4.00 for my daughter.
They will get stained, most likely, will maybe shrink, and will be thin. They will likely wear out before she has
outgrown them. They will be machine washable, and can be worn for about a season.
Or I can go spend
upwards of $40 (probably the most I would be willing to pay) for wool yarn. Then spend a few days to a few weeks
making them into pants. Then have to wash them by hand forever. But, they can be worn indefinitely. As long as
I have a wool shaver, and water, these pants could last generations. My grandchildren could wear these same
So which one's the real value? To me, it's a no-brainer. After having been crocheting and
knitting my daughter's woolies for so long, I completely understand how some women would be willing to pay $75-
$100 for a pair of pants for her child that will probably outgrow them after a few months.
That same pair of
woolies will last long enough to fit their grandchildren. Not only that, but each stitch, each join, each detail
is lovingly created. Who can spend hours upon hours, thousands of stitches, producing a garment without loving
every minute of it? And, as most of us knitters and crocheters knows, most of what you make is for someone else!
I never really "appreciated" handmade items before. I mean, when I received things
from my great aunt or my grandmas that made me blankets I always thought they were nice, but that was about it.
Then about 4 years ago, I started cloth diapering my daughter and thought I should try making my own. So, I made
her diapers and never looked back. Now I have my own store and make handmade items and love to buy them as well.
I never appreciated handmade items until I learned that it's not so easy just to whip something up. Then I
learned to knit and it takes me a long time just to make a dishcloth, so for all those blankets I got as a kid I
appreciate them so much more. Now, I prefer handmade gifts over store bought items. You know heart and soul went
into every item that the person makes. So much more meaning and so much more beautiful!