I’m still going on with my parade of knitting for other people. What is with that? I am totally ready to get selfish. If only there weren’t other handmade items I was thinking about making for Christmas. Aaargh!
I saw a notice on Ravelry a few weeks ago that Portlandia was looking for crafters to make coffee cup cozies for them to distribute as a promotion for the show. You had to submit a picture of your creation to them, and they would decide if they wanted to commission any cozies. They said you could make up to 20, and they would pay $10 each. But if you read the fine print, it also said that they owned the design. I just decided that that was dumb and didn’t act on it. But when I mentioned it to Lucas, he suggested making something so Portland themed that I wouldn’t want to do anything else with the pattern. He came up with the idea of using the image of the Fremont Bridge. It is a somewhat iconic bridge in Portland. Of course I basically grew up in Portland and I said, “which one is the Fremont Bridge again?” So “iconic” is up for debate.
I submitted my design a few days before Thanksgiving. I wasn’t totally happy with it, but I was just a little dejected when I didn’t hear from them. But at least a week later I heard that they were interested. At some point they had changed the maximum to 10 instead of 20. But I only had a week to get them made, blocked and delivered to IFC!
I made 10 of them in about 4 days. That doesn’t sound like that much, but it was a little tight with work and all.
Project ravelled here.
Pattern: my own
Yarn: Knit Picks Telemark in Fjord Heather and Cascade 220 in Natural, I used about 200 yds of the MC and 60 yds of the CC, for all 10 cozies.
Needles: US6 DPNs
Start Date: Nov 27, 2012
Finish Date: Dec 1, 2012
I wish it was easier to see the whole design from the front of the cup. This is a bit of a panorama.
I also don’t know why I always design colorwork that has to have giant floats. It’s pretty obnoxious. I am really not sure if IFC owns my design or not. I noticed other people sending in cozies that they had not designed in any way. If anyone is interested in my pattern/chart, I’d be happy to send it to them. I wish the cozies were getting distributed in Portland so that maybe the recipient would have a chance of knowing what the image represented!
Not my greatest accomplishment, but it’ll be pretty sweet when they send me that $100 in 4-6 weeks. 🙂