The Thing About Custom Orders…..

One of my oldest an dearest friends is also my best customer on ETSY. Every year about this time, she orders several things from my shop and, occasionally, she has me custom make something for her.

This year she asked me to make something for one of her friends. They live in New York, where I grew up and in truth, I have not actually seen her in over 30 years.

When I asked her what kind of hat, she showed me a photo of a regular knit cap. Whan I asked her what color, she said brown….soft….mixed browns maybe….that was it.

So, in my usual, compulsive, perfectionist way, this is what I have so far…….so far…….

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I am not sure if it is a driving need to make sure the customer always gets what they want, or a nagging dissatisfaction with almost everything I make.

I honestly have never had a single complaint about anything I have made and all of my custom orders have been received with more praise than I expected.

I know she will be happy with whatever I make, I just want it to be better than whatever she is imagining, and I can’t begin to guess what that is!

So this, along with year-end books, my REAL job, Christmas chaos and a really bad head cold have summed up my December so far…..

Now, back to the crochet!

Author: Gillian C Bruce -Tangible Imaginings

I am an observer. I am a creative thinker...and at times, a creative doer. I have a shop at www.etsy.com/shop/tangibleimaginings where I sell my handmade jewelry, crocheted clothing and art, as well as various cool things that I find in my rummaging. My husband and I are revamping a house in La Pine Oregon and in between I work as a nanny. Thank you for finding me. Enjoy!

2 thoughts on “The Thing About Custom Orders…..”

  1. They all look nice. Funnily I never really like multicolored yarns but I love the bottom right hand corner image best. It has such lovely transitions.

    I think every creative person struggles with liking what they do and worry if the recipient/viewer will like it as making something by hand is such a personal experience.

    1. I sent her the photos and now SHE can’t decide! Oh my goodness….you are right though. There is a little bit of ME in everything I make. I like the bottom right color best too, but it is a very thick yarn, so not to everyone’s liking. I personally would pick the lightest of them. It just feel right.

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