So, I got this one sweater in to re-tailor...Men's, purple silky wool. It was knitted a wee bit too open and, per silk, has grown. I can wear it as is but it's a little oversized. The reason I mention this is that when I told the knitter, who made it for his walking partner ($120 yarn cost paid by walker pal) how much the retailoring would run...6-8 hours (If I reknit the button band, which he wanted me to do) would be $150-200.00. He didn't understand what was involved. I just looked at him and asked how long it too him to knit it, how long it took just to knit the buttonband. Give that an hourly rate and it mounts up fast.
Long story short. They thought all that work would run about $50, and I was sorry to tell them, no...not even close. SOOO. Here's the situation. It is way too big for either of them. It's too big for me, and I'm 230#... You get the idea. He's offered to sell it to me for $50 and $50 worth of the same yarn (which I have at my home in stash). Although I like the sweater, I wouldn't pay $50 for one, much less $100 for me, unless it was the cost of yarn for a sweater I was knitting myself~design process, blah blah blah. (You are talking to a man whose almost favorite sweaters came from a thrift store and (I retailor/rework them) cost of $1-5.
I DO, however, owe my Dad a sweater for X-mas. I could retailor it for him, and send it on. It is a GORGEOUS sweater. If I did part of the work, would it be odd? I wouldn't say that it was my work. I am sending Mom a handknit Kaffe Fassett cardigan (finally).
Your 2 cents?