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!

Gillyweeds, Work at home mom, http://www.hyenacart.com/gillyweeds
Omaha, NE
Friday, November 12, 2010 10:53 am