commissions

Commission Announcement

Just a few of the many items you can commission from me!

Just a few of the many items you can commission from me!

I just finished another commission and have several more on the way for the upcoming Christmas season. As I've been getting the majority of my commission requests from people contacting me via email or my FB page, I've decided to close my Etsy store. I have a lot more flexibility with yarn options and easier communication with the client when it's through my site or FB.

That now said, it's soon time to begin thinking about holidays gifts for your family and friends! Because of how long it takes to ship items, if you want your order to arrive before Christmas, make your order before December 13th. If timing doesn't matter, I'm open all year round!

I can obviously knit any of my patterns to order but I can also design hats, shawls, cowls, scarfs and other accessories just for you (prices will vary). If you're looking for something more simple I can knit the "basic" versions of almost anything you wish (no textures, no lace, no cables, just ribbing and stockinette stitch). Feel free to contact me with any questions you have! There is currently a waiting list but the sooner you get your order in, the better chance you have of getting it in before the winter holiday season!

Commissions

I've been putting off writing up this blog post because I'm in the process of moving but because of multiple inquiries I've received I thought I ought to address it. 

Once I've settled in my new home in Japan, I will be able to begin commission projects. I will be taking commissions three at a time (even if all spots are taken, you can still email me about getting on the list when a spot opens up!). I can knit things from my portfolio page and additionally, depending on the difficulty and amount of time, I can tackle any outside patterns that have caught your eye. Payments* will be accepted via Paypal. 

Note that I will not use any acrylic or man-made yarn (unless you are allergic to animal-yarn!). While taking care for animal yarns requires a little more time and effort than man-made yarn, the quality and texture of animal fibers always comes out on top. I'll be including information on how to take care of animal-made yarns.

I'll be putting up a .pdf form with the pricing of my products and other information within the next couple of weeks once I've gotten the base costs calculated. But to give you an idea, a shawl such as the Seashell Shawl may be around $90; a beanie may be about $33. Quotes for outside patterns will be provided via email.

*Payment is broken down as such: yarn, pattern (for outside patterns), labor and shipping (different shippings options will be available). My patterns will have a set price as I know how long it would take to finish. I will be providing quotes for outside patterns.

Commission - Smocked Pullover

I am proud to say that I have finished knitting my first ever Pullover! I was commissioned to knit this pullover as a birthday present. The pattern comes from Vogue's Knitting magazines. I was really nervous about this project as 1) it was my first commissioned piece, 2) it wasn't my pattern, and 3) it was a pullover. However, after I took some time to really study the pattern and learn to understand the instructions I felt more comfortable about tackling this pattern.

The Smocked Pullover as featured on the magazine.

The Smocked Pullover as featured on the magazine.

The yarn used in this pattern is Classic Elite Yarns: Vista, in dye lot #6016 (Alabaster). It is a alpaca and wool blend, and after blocking it is so soft and warm to the touch. Such easy and good quality wool to work with, I'll be sure to use it again!

The pullover is made of four main pieces, front, back and the two sleeves. Knitting the front and back parts each took two days to do and the sleeves could be easily finished in less than a day. 

I had to learn how to seam sides (neatly!) and how to smock for this commission as well. So many new techniques learnt in just one project... A word of warning to those who are learning to smock: when having to undo a smocking, please be wary of where your scissors go. I had to learn this the hard way when I accidentally cut the yarn in back piece and had to redo the entire piece. Not fun.

While I have a ways to go before I would call myself a "professional" knitter (I took the time to measure gauge though!), I am really proud of the progress I've made to this point. I was really impressed at the speed at which I was able to complete this, despite having to essentially knit another big piece and having to wait on the extra yarn to ship: two weeks!

And here is my rendition of this pullover!

And here is my rendition of this pullover!

Even though this was a commissioned piece, I still really liked it myself! Maybe I'll knit one for myself one day?