I just had to share this story. I responded to a post in an Etsy group on Facebook, someone in my area was looking for someone to do a sock monkey newborn photo prop. They needed it in less than 2 days. A friend was supposed to have made one, but mailed it too late to arrive in time for photos. Now it’s the Friday before Christmas, I’m booked plus I have gifts I’m trying to get made. What’s a person to do?
Well you guessed it I dropped everything else and went into sock monkey mode lol. How can you not it’s for new born pictures. The outfit was made, and we met for the delivery and I got to see the most adorable little baby boy. I am so glad I dropped everything and made this outfit for her. I don’t usually get to see people when they receive these photo props. It was gratifying to see the excitement on her and her husband’s face when they saw the outfit. I can only hope that everyone looks like that when they receive one of my outfits.
This outfit was fun to make, thinking of several more variations!
I love doing custom orders when someone says for instance “I want a hunting outfit”. That gives me the freedom to be creative, to start to design a pattern based on the wish list they gave me. I have found that some customers have such creative minds and can think of things for me to crochet that I would have never thought of. One of my most popular items came about from this process. It is a hunting outfit with a deerstalker hat. I love it and I love making them.
The hat was the first billed hat I had done so it took a few tries to get it the way I wanted it to be. I didn’t want to have to use stiff material to make it stand out, and finally I figured out how to crochet it so it would stand out on it’s own without having to put plastic or cardboard in it. The side flaps were fun to make and then I added 2 snaps to hold them on top.
The boots were a little more trying. I went looking for patterns for these. I found several patterns that I liked portions of and started to combine them for the perfect look. These boot booties are very roomy and look awesome on little feet, they give you that clunky look that hunting/hiking boots usually have.
The diaper cover I wanted to make adjustable, because all little bellies are different. I accomplished this by adding a row of double crochet (triple crochet on larger sizes) this allows for the cover to be buttoned at any position around.
A special shout out to Janel Dick of Crafty Vine. She was the one who originally requested this item. She is such a creative person and was a joy to work with her on this and several other outfits. This one is still my favorite though. This item can be purchased at www.babblinghook.com