Around October 2010 I was browsing Etsy.com and found what I thought to be the coolest hat ever. It was a hat with a beard and mustache attached. I asked Aaron, my husband, if he would ever wear it. He said, “sure”, he would wear it while running to keep his face warm. I asked the Etsy seller if I could purchase her pattern, but she declined. So….. I made my own beard and mustache pattern! (For sale here!)
It probably took me three days to come up with the final design and then I had it tested by some kind folks in the Ravelry.com community. During this time I posted some pictures of my first creation on Facebook. What a hoot! My friends and family loved it! An old family friend requested four for Christmas gifts. Of course I took her up on the deal and made two knit hats and two crochet hats with attached beards.
Thankfully she liked the finished product! Woo hoo! It turns out her sister-in-law also liked said hats and requested two today. I consider this my first real sale as it is the first product I have crafted to be purchased by a person I do not know. Yay for 2011 and the opportunities it holds!
Also, this is a good reminder for anybody who makes a purchase from me or anybody else…. referrals rock! If you enjoy your finished creation then let others know where you got it. 😉