So the office holiday party was last night, and I think we all had a blast. I'm fortunate to work in a great department with great people. The entertainment this year was very cool - the organizers brought in a magician, a palm reader and a caricaturist (sp?). I got an excellent caricature (again, sp?) done of me and when he asked me if I had any hobbies, I told him that I knit. So he drew me knitting away - awesome! I'm going to see if I can't scan it and post it here as my profile pic. :)
I did have a weird moment at the party last night. We had our office auction to benefit the United Way, and the item I donated was a custom-order baby sweater. It sold for, so help me, $55, which is unbelievable, but that wasn't the weird moment. The weird moment was when another co-worker came up to me post-auction and asked if I did boy things, too (my child is a girl, and I brought in a bunch of sample pieces I'd done for her to demonstrate to potential bidders that my knitting didn't suck). When I said yes, he said that he and I should talk, the obvious implication being that he wanted to pay me to do something for his 8-month-old son.
A lot of things about this bothered me. Firstly, I'm not sure I even want to do a paid item. I already have tons of other important projects on the go. He can't really pay me what my time is worth - there's a big difference between donating my knitting for charity and charging what's reasonable for my time. Plus, if I used a commercial pattern (which I would probably want to, since I don't see myself inventing a pattern for this project), I would be violating copyright to take money for it. And his attitude was that of someone who just assumed I would knit for money - which is pretty annoying. He didn't actually ask. So I may have to level with him and tell him that I'm not so keen on the idea. Ugh. This is gonna be awkward.
(Ordinarily I provide knitted gifts for all my co-workers who have babies, but he joined the department and had a baby while I was on my year-long maternity leave, so his son doesn't have one of my handknits.)
- United Way auction sweater
- Well, as I've already mentioned, the auction was held last night, and the winner was my co-worker Rob, who bid an astounding $55. This makes me feel unbelievably guilty, because I'm ALREADY MAKING SOMETHING FOR HIS UNBORN SON! Which of course I haven't told him about, because it's a surprise, but since I always make baby things for expectant parents in the department, he should have known he didn't have to buy a sweater from me. Oh, well. I guess now he'll have two. :) We'll probably hash out what he wants over the next few weeks.
- Catherine Parr sweater for MIL
- Sleeves are now 8.5" long. Even got some done on the cab ride home from the office party.
- Stornaway sweater for BIL (cream)
- Managed to get about 30 stitches done this morning. That's it. Woo.