One of the recent custom orders that I had was for a pair of toddler button boots. I decided to use Mon Petit Violon's pattern for Toddler Ankle Boots (click to go to Ravelry listing of pattern). I loved this pattern so much that I also bought the Baby Ankle Boots and can't wait to make more of these! It is well written and very easy to follow. I made the 12 month size and used Caron Simply Soft in Taupe. This colorway is one of my new favorites. I absolutely LOVE the way it looks.
For the same customer, I also made these darling Mommy and Me Wrapped Headbands. She sent me a picture of what she wanted and because it was such a simple item, I didn't use a pattern for these and just did my own thing. Caron Simply Soft in White and my size 7 hook worked great for these. I made the one for the little girl narrower than the one for mom, but these are just half double crochet with the short ends slip stitched together. I wrapped the yarn around the seam to hide it and create a nice finish.
I have decided to make a few changes with what I am doing. I will have some Ready to Ship items still as I make things as I test for other designers, work out my own designs or just find a pattern I want to make, but for the most part, I am going to only do custom orders and focus on my pattern writing. I am no longer going to be in the local shop where I am a vendor as of the end of this month. I needed to shift my priorities and do what was best for me and for my family. It was not an easy decision for me to make.
I am looking forward to what is ahead and hope that you will come along for the fun!