Monday, 22 December 2014

making some pennies for christmas

You may remember that at the beginning of this month I mentioned that I had been busy knitting/crocheting up an increasing number of commissions. Today I actually delivered my final knitted order before Christmas and it feels like as good a time as any to let you know what I've been up to!


Following the craft fair that I tried last month I had a lot of things left over that I hadn't sold. K told me that she had been talking me, my blog, and the things that I make, up at her work and asked if she could take some of my left over items in to show some interested people - erm, of course yes please! And so she did and she did such a marvellous job!
 
I was so touched I never asked her to do this you must understand, but K took it to a whole new level and by the end of the week we had discussed prices, order taking, what I was willing to make and she had even taken upwards of £40 worth of orders/sales on my behalf! All this as well as asking in various places at work if she could leave my business cards. 

 
Although I have said I wouldn't be interested in doing a craft fair again, I have found it very satisfying to take commissions and to fill them. Because as a result I know that everything I make will guaranteed be sold! And I've been making all manner of things, mostly hats (using this pattern that I love, but modifying it according to orders), neck wraps and scarves (to my own patterns), a few of my own Totoro phone cases, and even some minion gloves using this pattern! Phew! And orders have come from K's work colleagues, my work colleagues, friends and even an Etsy order 


After a month of orders I made enough profit to buy a pair of UGG boots, pay for this blog's URL and even this blog redesign! It even got to the point where I had to ask K to stop taking orders. It's just been such a wonderful compliment and it is something I would be very happy to continue doing, particularly because it gives my crafting a lot of direction and motivation (not that I was necessarily lacking in that before - but it feels a little bit more 'constructive'[?]) and it is very very flattering. 
 
 
If you are interested in a commission do feel free to get in touch via one of the methods on the right there :) but I should say I am not thinking of knitting any more until after New Year at this point! Do you like to knit/crochet to sell?

8 comments:

  1. Great to hear you are getting so many commissions! I'm a horribly selfish knitter I have to admit :)

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    1. thanks :) oh I am usually a selfish knitter, but it was quite fun to make a change! now that christmas is over I've cast on a jumper for myself :) jenny xx

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  2. K sounds like Dave. I've had more orders from people in his department than anywhere else. Problem is that Dave tells people I can make anything so I get orders for things I've never even thought of making xx

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    1. hehe it's really love to know that the people we love are proud of what we do, enough so to talk us up! oh that could be a problem, but similarly I find it pushes you to make different things and just expands your repertoire! :) jenny xx

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  3. I'm glad you are getting so many commissions, that's great news! I love love love your Totoro phone case - it's so cute!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. thanks - and thanks! of everything I've designed myself it is easily the thing I am most proud of :) jenny xx

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  4. Well done Jenny, this is marvellous and well deserved X

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    1. thanks Lexie :) everyone's support means a lot, makes me a little bit prouder of the things that I make. jenny xx

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