Story of a knitting commission

I am a knitter for hire.  I just finished a commission for Ellen’s Half Pint Farm.  It is a beaded shawl that she’ll use as a shop sample to help sell the kits she makes up with the pattern, hand-dyed yarn and beads.

I thought it would be fun to document the steps it takes to do a project like this.  The yarn comes in a hank.  Ellen wants to know how much yarn the project will take so she can make up the kits so I weigh it before I start.  (Normally I could weigh the finished project but since there are beads it would be off slightly.)

I knit a gauge swatch so I know what size needle to use.  Then there’s lots of knitting.  Once the shawl is finished it gets blocked.  Blocking in this case means that I’m stretching out the shawl to the finished dimensions specified in the chart.  This helps it to lie flat and opens up the lace pattern so it really shows.

After the blocking I take some photos to document my work.  I weigh the remaining yarn and beads and make up a project report.  Final steps: generate an invoice, bill the client and arrange delivery.


Author: Jennifer Kortfelt

Owner, Heron Pond Designs, a fiber and textile exploration.

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