I recently received my very first paid commission. Obviously I didn't believe it was actually going to happen until I received the down payment, at which point I went giddy. This commission was from a friend of my mum's who had seen some of my work on my website gallery on, www.craftycripple.com. This friend had decided that she really must have one of the kitties I had knit for her very own. Now as the kitties on the website were from other people's patterns, I felt a little uncomfortable, knitting from someone else's pattern and selling it on. I decided that if I was to sell something like this, I really should create the pattern myself, so I set myself the challenge.
I have bought very nice yarn for the final kitty, Debbie Bliss, Fez and Rowan, Pure Wool Aran. As I had got such nice yarn I decided that I would do the test knit in an odd ball of DK I had knocking about, Patons Wool Tweed DK. I didn't even use one ball to get this result.
Here is a side profile.
And here is the back view.
I embroidered the face using 3 strands of DMC threads. The face is the only thing I want to change, it needs to be a little higher up and the eyes closer together. But that is what a test kitty is for, it's to make the mistakes you don't want to make on the final result.
I love my skinny kitty, and I hope the person who commissioned it does too.