I shy away from most custom orders. Felting is unpredictable. It’s tricky to shrink a knitted hat to the right size for a specific head.
However, if the person is easy-going, not in a hurry and willing to risk shipping hats back & forth, I’m happy to try a special request.
Gayle was just that sort of person!
Gayle knew she wanted a dragonfly hat, probably in purple. She chose several yarn colors which I photographed, along with various embroidery ribbons, so she could choose her favorite.
Colors selected, I set about knitting, felting, lining & embroidering Gayle’s hat.
Generally, I gravitate to tone-on-tone designs, so I suggested some purple-y ribbons for the dragonfly embroidery. Gayle really wanted the dragonfly to “pop” though, so we went with her first choice, turquoise.
I’m so glad we did! I love how this hat turned out. Gayle deserves all the credit.
Have you ever helped create a custom design? Did you enjoy the process? The results? I’d love to know your experience…