Thursday, 30 May 2013

Cotton Dishcloths

I had someone ask me the other day if I knew anyone who would be willing to knit cotton dishcloths for wholesale. Now it was actually more like consignment but still. I know plenty of people who probably would but let me just do some math for you.
I am a fast knitter. If you don't believe me go watch the Land & Sea episode "Wool Whisperers"...its online. Now it takes me almost 54 minutes to knit a regular dishcloth. I used a stopwatch. The cotton yarn to make a dishcloth can range in price from $1 to over $2. With the minimum wage in this province at $10 an hour a dishcloth should cost $10-11.
So when someone asks me if I know anyone willing to knit three for $7 (that works out to $1.48 an hour after buying the yarn) I am going to say no. Emphatically no. And you should too.
Please share this blog. Oh and if you need any dishcloths...I have some for sale. How much do you think my time is worth?


  1. The only other person I've seen knit that fast is my Nan! :o)

  2. Better than selling a washcloth is charging fifty bucks or so to teach them for an hour, how to knit one. Extra pay to learn purling. :D

  3. Cheap third-world manufacturing has devalued everything handmade. People expect hand-crafted at Walmart prices.