It turns out everyone who knows I knit seems to dig socks. Bulky, rustic, fisherman style socks. They look great, they are warm, and with all the talk of hygge and coziness, a pair of chunky socks knit by your friend are totally on-trend.
That small Yarn Cove sale I had before Christmas has resulted in a bunch of commissions.
That’s a pair of my socks in action!
I deposited cash from the sale back at my local yarn shop for more Briggs and Little Tuffy sock yarn.
I’ve been knitting up a sock storm ever since – rushing some to get them ready for Christmas presents, and knitting the backlog in January. I’m only coming up for air now.
It was fun and flattering to be asked to knit items to order.
On the other hand, up until now, I’ve pretty much been following my own whims on what to knit and when. The item, the pattern, and the yarn have all been up to me.
As I was knitting my way through the pile of Briggs and Little Tuffy, my friend Penni came home for a Christmas visit. Penni and I go back to junior high school. She’s lived and worked all over the world and now she’s based in downtown Toronto. As long as I’ve known her, she’s been stylish.
These days, Penni is all about the faux fur. She came home with a lovely faux fur bomber jacket with three quarter sleeves in natural colours.
After I bored Penni with some talk about all my knitting projects, she said “Could I commission you to make me some long, sleeveless gloves?”
Could you ever!
I had just the pattern in mind, sitting in my Ravelry queue, just waiting to be loaded up on the needles. At last, something different!
I decided on a wool-acrylic blend, which could feel nicer on the skin than 100 per cent wool.
For me, the greatest compliment is that others actually wear stuff I make.
However, I think I now understand why someone who enjoys cooking at home should probably not open a restaurant.