Great First Sale, or Mugging? You tell me.

So I'm sitting on the plane to Dallas, minding my own business. A woman from a few rows back taps me on the shoulder and tells me how much she admires my shoulder shawl. 

"Gush, gush, thank you, thank you," and I go back to my book. 

About an hour later - same thing. 

"Oh I really must tell you, how lovely, my sister and my mother knit and I admire them so much, but I don't...lovely lovely." 

It was my turquoise and blue Aestlight done in Malabrigo Sock. A little later - 

"Do you mind if I touch it?...I know this is a little strange, but would you consider selling your shawl to me? How much would you ask for it?"

Hmmm... I've never been crazy about the colour pooling on the edging and I made it 2 years ago.  Maybe I should just sell it to her. Why not? I take it off and show it to her. 

"Uh, it's hard to say. The yarn cost $20 and it took me hours to make it. I really wouldn't know what to charge, I've been wearing this one -  no less than $50. I guess you could wash it, but why don't you give me your email and I'll make one for you?"

"No, thanks. I really like the one you're wearing. Would you take $40?

"Gah...I'm sorry, but I couldn't..." Hoping I don't bump into this woman later at the conference I'm going to.

"Oh, but I'm on my way to visit my mother. She's sick and I don't have a gift...She's elderly and I know she'd just love this..."

"Well, okay..." She reaches over with $40 and I give her the shawl.

Texas, here I come!

Next time: what I did with my 40 bucks.


Mary Lou said…
Well don't quit your day job! Hmmm, did you buy more yarn?
Kathryn said…
Hahaha! Oh my Helen. You were surely underpaid but you have a big heart!

Raveller said…
I was taken by surprise, softened by flattery and then I fell prey to her sad plea. LOL!

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