Tuesday, January 4, 2011
New Year, New Design
All crafters get requests from friends and families, but knitters more so. Whether it's a hat for a sibling, mittens for a guy on a bus, or dolls for who knows who, I've done a ton of knitting for others (all of my knitting). Last year, I even got a request to make someone a mer-horse.
Usually, when someone asks me to make them something, I assume they're serious. I ask for measurements, yarn support, what color they want, and if they want to pay me (usually all I ask is that the person buy yarn before the project, and after the project they can "tip" however much they want.) I admit, not a sensible business model but I'm not in the knitting business.
I've had requests for gloves, hats, and even a Barbie sweater "of the finest silk." Often, after the serious talk starts, the person blinks, suprised, asks "You'll seriously do it?" and then needs some "time to think." Usually I don't hear back from them, the subject is dropped, and they never mention it. But this time that didn't happen.
My friend asked me to knit her cat a sweater. Now, my cat experience has told me that cats might not like sweaters, but this cat does. Zucchi loves wearing her sweater, and by golly, if she wants to wear sweaters I should provide a variety for her. What are friends for?
So tonight at club I'm going to cast on for my second WIP of the year. The first sweater will be red, with embroidered white flowers on the back, and the second sweater will be faux argyle on the back and plain in the front. I'm going to improvise the second sweater based on the measurements I took from Zucchi's current sweater, and the first sweater is going to be the Kitty Cat Argyle Sweater from Eat Sleep Knit.
You may say that all the stress from my vacation has warped my mind. I will neither confirm nor deny that statement.