Thursday, August 02, 2007

Reasons not to wear pretty clothes to Las Vegas


First is obvious. In July it's so hot you'll wilt and look awful soon enough. The 106 degree heat - as seen on the sign above Binions- was countered by the subzero air conditioning in the casinos. I wore my crocheted Short and Sweet jacket over a tank. I love wearing that thing. A woman in the elevator complimented it, then asked if I made it. When I said yes, she said I could sell more on eBay. Luckily, it was my floor, so all I did was smile. How to explain it used $40 worth of yarn and took a week to make? Then there's sizing issues, color options and other issues ad infinitum. I consider it slave wages if I sold it for a minimum of $200.



I may have felt pretty wearing it, but it was my worst day of luck at the video poker slots EVER. I know luck has nothing to do with what you're wearing, but I'm never going to tempt fate again. I put on one of my Hawaiian shirts the next day. The machines were generous. I played all day and won enough to offset more than half of my losses. I keep telling myself that the money I bring with me to gamble are merely 'entertainment coupons.' My goal is to have those coupons last for my 3 day stay. It lasted and I brought home most of it, so I ordered some items from KnitPicks - gotta love those books at 40% off - and the new Ann Budd sock book from Amazon.



But back to the crocheted jacket. I unpacked it when we returned and it smelled like casino - cigarette smoke covered by air freshener. So I washed it for the 1st time. When I made it, I just steam blocked it. I let is soak in cool water with a bit of shampoo. It's Yarn Pirate superwash yarn and says to machine wash, dry flat. When I checked it, it bled terribly. All the blue was washing out. I rinsed it 3 times and the water still had blue in it. I was surprised since I'd worn it over a white tank with no color transfer. I wonder if it will now. It's drying out back and looks a lot more green than it did before.




It's been muggy here in San Diego, so it's small items on the needles. Here are more hats for the Susan G Koman fundraiser.

4 comments:

Beth said...

I've had people tell me I should sell my knitting items too. My SIL was really adamant about it once, that I should make a bunch of stuff and sell it at a craft fair. I'm with you, after the money you spend on the yarn and the time you put into it, then you try to sell it, it's not worth it. I who made a bunch of crochet stuff and put it in a craft show, and she was charging like $8 for a hat and matching scarf and people were trying to haggle with her over the price! Pfft! I don't think so! Besides, if you have to make a bunch of junk to sell, it's like a job then.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hi Tania...

Sorry about your beautiful jacket... Most people have absolutely no Idea what it takes to knit or crochet a beautiful piece of clothing. They mean well, they just don't know... It has been a while since I have been in the shop, but I still have lots of beautiful yarn yet to use. I been also doing other crafting projects that have been keeping me busy...

Smile...

Beverly.. Your sock student.

Knitman said...

Very pretty jacket.
Yes, people have no idea about selling our stuff!

Jo at Celtic Memory Yarns said...

I do love that crochet jacket. Can you remind me of where you found the pattern?

You could, of course, create incredible, unique, one-off items at a gigantic price (people, I find, will always buy if the price is exorbitant enough), but that would still make what is a pleasurable occupation into a chore, wouldn't it?