So thing have been a little quiet and on and off on the blog recently. I haven't been able to post all the things I have wanted to and when for a couple of different reason, and I started to get a little stressed out about it because I want this blog to be a success. But then it isn't supposed to be stressful! So I took a step back and mellowed out and just doing that helps a lot.
Now I can share with you one of the reasons I was so busy that I couldn't blog. I've been really pleased with the nice comments I have been getting from old acquaintances who just post the odd thing on Facebook that they like my blog and the things I make. One such however went a step further a month or so ago and messaged me asking if I would be able to knit a cardigan for his girlfriends birthday and he would pay for it!
I was touched and so pleased, but had to decline saying I didn't feel I could make something good enough to sell like that, but after speaking he said he would be quite pleased if I would knit a cushion cover for her as a)she LOVES bumble bees (and I don't think there aret a lot of adult bee-themed things out there) and b)a knitted handmade gift would be a little more special. And so with some research - inspired by this adorable children's cardigan - and using this bumble bee chart, I designed and knitted up my first commissioned piece!
What do you think? The cushion covers a 40cm x 40cm pad bought from Amazon, and is knitted on 5mm needles using Drops Paris, which is 100% cotton and comes in lovely bold colours (I used 14-strong yellow, 24-dark grey, and 17-off white). The bee designs are knitted using fair-isle (stranded) technique. I used 3 black buttons along the bottom to complete the opening.
I learnt a lot making this cushion - mainly how difficult fair-isle knitting is using large needles and cotton! I was a little worried that it wasn't as good as it could have been, but I did put 100% into this project and even started again after trying something I knew didn't look nearly professional enough. Once it was all finished, ironed, and sewn up it look 10x better than when it was laid out flat and boring! I am pleased with how this turned out - though I am in no hurry to knit fair-isle with cotton again!
I even had some cotton left over and crocheted a bonus free bumble bee to send along with the cushion :)
The bee is also my own pattern, which I've written and hope to share on this blog very soon! I think I will also put up a practice little guy I made on Etsy to sell.
So there you have it - I've been busy as a bee! I hope his girlfriend will be happy with her birthday present and I think overall I am very pleased with how the whole thing has come out. Have you ever made a project to sell rather than as a gift/favour? Whole different level of worry isn't it? But a fun challenge :)