Originally Posted by mama2kyla
Just a question (since i dont knit
) .... how long would it take an experienced knitting to knit 1 soaker if thats all they did all day(no kids or other household stuff to distract them) ? I agree that all of the soaker prices out there are low for the time involved, i just dont know that I know exactly how much time it is.. kwim? TIA
I lived in China (northern Jiangsu province), where knitting is very much still a part of daily life for huge numbers of women. They knit entire adult sweaters in not much more than a day. They did their best to teach me to knit, but I was a poor student for the chore. My mother is a speedy knitter and she's got nothing on these bamboo-knitting-needle women. As for fatigue, I'm sure they get tired. As for money, I made 900 yuan/mo when I taught in a college there. That was more than the chair of the Foreign Language Dept made, but they had to pay me that much to get a foreigner there. That translated back in 1989 to less than $200/mo, I think. Many Chinese have more than 1 job as well. They would have a "day" job, and then a kiosk kind-of-job where they sell whatever people will buy. Those who manage to hook into the foreign market are considered very lucky. Those are also the folks in the family that are looked to for helping everyone in the family.
I realize I'm digressing into my anthropology, but I can "feel" the BJM situation through remembering my time in (and years studying) China. The whole BJM situation feels very Chinese to me. The issue of copywriting isn't something the Chinese are very concerned about (think music, dvds, etc as well as clothing). Don't buy Chinese products if thats a big problem for you (but please acknowledge "we" exploit the Chinese as much as they exploit us). Then again, Chinese people have invented lots of things you take for granted and no one gave them a royalty for their inventions either. I like the pp who talked about how all this art is derivative. And in philosophy, some might argue there hasn't been an original thought since Plato and Artistotle.
And yes, I've witnessed it. Depending on whether in village, town or city as to how the household is set up, whatever children are around are watched over by whatever adults are around. And since there are fewer children now due to population restrictions, that makes more adults:child ratio in effect. Anyway, knitting is a social activity in China, so children could easily be watched in that social setting.
Admittedly I'm basically a relativist who tries not to judge others based on my life-- but tries to understand why others make the choices they do based on their life experiences/needs. Its true re: diapers and cultures.