Not everyone appreciates a handmade gift but the exception seems to be a gift for babies. What's cuter than a teeny babe in a soft hand knitted cardigan? It has been suggested to me that I knit baby items to sell. But people are not prepared to pay a fair price for the labour involved. Take the wee cardigan below. It took me around 6 hours to knit and finish off. Even paying myself minimum wages and adding in the cost of the yarn would make the price tag around £42. Not enough people are prepared to pay that amount for a garment that will only fit for a month or 2 and needs to be washed and dried frequently.
But the pleasure for me is in the knitting so when the gift is handed over it's out of my hands if the recipient appreciates it or even uses it.
Baby cardigan knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, colour mink, size 0 to 3 months. It's beautifully soft!
Cuddle bunny blanket also knitted in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, colour clotted cream
Baby vest knitted in Sirdar Snuggly, colours navy and lime green. Size 6 to 9 months. Machine washable and tumble dry-able!
All 3 items were knitted from my vast stash of yarn so cost nothing in monetary terms. And I loved knitting them :-)