I have been making custom items for my friends and family, at their requests, for some time now. However, recently it has really taken off and I have had lots of requests for custom knit and crocheted goods. I can do custom items in many ways--my friends can describe an idea and I'll find patterns that fit the description or they can show me various photos of knit/crocheted items and I can come up with a design that combines the aspects of each photo that they like best.
Up until recently I had never tried to create an item from a photograph that was NOT of a knit/crocheted item. At the end of 2012 one of my friends asked me if I would be able to make a newborn-sized hat that looked like the family's bulldog. She sent me a few different photographs of the dog (what a cutie!) and with a bit of trial and error, I was able to produce a crocheted version of him!
Here are two of the pictures of Dillon that I used as my inspiration.
Here is the final hat that I made!
And here it is on little Gianna! She is just so adorable and could make any hat look cute! :) I'd like to send a big thank you to her mommy, Jazmin, for sending me these pictures of her little one in the hat and letting me use them on my blog :).