Friday, May 6, 2011

Fiber Arts Friday: It is Finished!

Yes, it's true. I have (finally) finished my quasi-commissioned project. :-D




I am very happy with how it turned out and Thank Goodness because I'm not sure I have the heart to make this hat again... for a while anyway. ;-)

Last night I added up the time I spent over the last four months.  Normally I don't keep track, but since it was a specific request I thought it would be interesting to know exactly how much time it takes.

I learned it takes me about one hour to spin one ounce of roving.  So I spent a little over eight hours spinning for this project and I spent 63.5 hours total.  32 of which was spent on the final attempt.  At an hour here and 15 minutes there, that's a lot of time spent.  While it's not as much as it felt like, at minimum wage it sure puts a whole lot of perspective around the cost of home-made goods.


By the way, the model is a Teddy Bear made by my Grandmother nearly 30 years ago.  The hat is just a bit big for him, but he likes it that way.

The best news about this post is that the hat is on way to it's recipient. I hope she loves it.

It's Fiber Arts Friday, so please head over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder and see what the others are up to.

12 comments:

Its_Lily said...

The hat is beautiful...and the bear is adorable. I've been known to use my son's bear as a model too. He's very cooperative about it. ~grins~

Halfpint said...

The hat looks great and a very cute bear

Dutch Hollow said...

Wow, I hate to even think about what it takes me in hours to do most projects. The only project I really keep track of time are my ropes and after many of them I finally came up with a formula for rope making where I can at least realize a profit from my time spent.

WonderWhyGal said...

I am afraid to count how many minutes/hours I've put into some of the projects I've gifted. That's why I don't want to sell my hand knit goods.

The hat is lovely and the teddy bear model is beautiful. I hope the recipient loves the hat and cherishes all of the hours you put into this beautiful project.

Melissa said...

Wow, I love picture of the hat viewed from the top. It really shows off the pattern.

Your brave for keeping track of your time. Hopefully it's going to someone who will appreciate it.

Happy Fiber Arts Friady!

Spinster Beth said...

Wow, that looks complicated ... good on you for counting up the hours, too!

Voie de Vie said...

Oh Eureka! It's done, it's done! Did you do a happy dance or something? Btw, it's a very fetching beret, and I'm certain the recipient will love it. Maybe you can ask her for a pic?

Handmake is not Inconsequential. :)

Voie de Vie said...

If only I could type.

Heather Woollove said...

Love your hat!

Marushka C. said...

Very beautiful! The stitch pattern really shows off that gorgeous yarn in a special way. And isn't it nice to be done with it and on to the next thing?

Dawn said...

Your hat is gorgeous! I love the color and the yarn that you spun! What a fabulous gift!

I love the teddy bear model too! He is adorable and he is a natural model. :)

AllyB said...

This is my current favorite color combination. I've see so many things in this combo of late I'm going to have to find some fiber like it and spin it up. The had is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.