The first week in November I had two people contact me and ask if I could knit them something for Christmas gifts. Sure! It’s what I do!
The first request for for a pair of socks. But not just ordinary socks. These were to be thick, chunky, lounging-on-the-couch-by-the-fire-reading-a-book kind of socks. I had just the yarn in mind, and it was in a color that he was sure his wife would love. I got her shoe size and then I was off to figure out how to make these socks.
I have a sock pattern. But it is for a worsted weight yarn. So I was going to have to make some adjustments. And the pattern, though trusty and reliable, is very…meh. It’s got a basic rib on the cuff and that’s all there is to it. I wanted these socks to be more than just functional, I wanted them to be beautiful, too. So I decided to add a cable knit down the front of the leg. And although this photo does not do these socks justice, they turned out pretty awesome, if I am allowed to say so myself and pat myself on the back just a bit.
Both of my stepdaughters cooed over these socks while I was knitting them (“Just so you know, I wear lots of socks,” one of them not-so-subtly said), so as soon as I finished them up, I made sure to contact my client so I could get the socks to him as quickly as possible–I had a feeling the socks might disappear if I held onto them too long. Now I am working on a second pair for the not-so-subtle hinting stepdaughter…and her sister will receive a pair later. And eventually I’ll make a pair for myself. They are sooooo snuggly warm and soft!
This same client also wants me to knit him a pair of mittens. He is my best repeat customer (the mittens will make 4 items I’ve knit for him)! Gotta love happy customers!
The same week the sock request came in I had a request for a knitted bag. A woman at the gym apparently really likes my bags and so her boyfriend’s mother contacted me. We worked out a custom design and color scheme and I got to work. We went back and forth on a few swatches with different colors of yarn until we found just the right match. I think it turned out really well and I really love the hummingbird brooch. The colors of the brooch work perfectly with the green and purple of the bag. They were obviously meant to be together. I hope she loves it.
My final commissioned project is one that I really love. It’s not really obvious in the photo, but the black yarn has a little bit of sparkly silver thread in it, so it adds another layer of depth and texture to the bag. And it is because of that silver thread in the yarn that the brooch works so well with this bag. Without it, I’m not sure I would have chosen to use it. I hope its owner loves it as much as I do. I think she will.
On some of my earlier bags, I sewed buttons onto the corners of the bags as my little signature. But for some of the bags I have used old broken brooches or other old, unused jewelry that has been neglected and potentially destined for the landfill. This allows them to be repurposed and given new life. I like that. It’s the farmgal way–to use what you have and to make use of something old, breathing new life into it again. And this now gives me a reason to poke around in thrift stores. Who knows what kind of old gems are out there waiting to be given a second chance at life!