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EDIT: Slots are all full for now, my loves. I'll update this entry when I open up again, so if you watch my journals you'll get a heads-up. Thanks so much!

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Righto, time to pimp my mad sticks-and-string skillz again! Y'all know you want this snuzzly goodness. Just drop me a DA note!

See some of my work here!

I'm afraid it's not easy to come up with a simple price scale, given all the variables involved. But this should give you a general idea:

HANDSPUN YARN:
Are you crafty? Ever worked with handspun before? Oooh it's a whole new world. You gotta try it. I will custom dye and spin the yarn of your dreams, and darlings, I am GOOD at this. Anything from cobweb lace to super-bulky, from simple sock yarn to one-of-a-kind art yarn plied with beads and ribbons. I usually hand-dye the fiber before spinning for cool effects -- heathered, marbled, self-striping, gradient, marled, barber-pole -- but I can also dye a spun skein for that almost-solid kettle-dye effect, or hand-paint it for a variegated look.

Here's a rough estimate of the cost per 50g skein (in general, you need one of those for a hat, two for a pair of socks, six to ten for a sweater):

100% wool, wool/mohair blend, superwash wool, superwash wool/nylon blend: $10

100% merino, merino/wool blend, superwash merino, superwash merino/nylon blend: $12

wool/silk, merino/silk, more than two fibers in a blend: $14

art yarn (beads, metallic thread, ribbon, felt bobbles, etc.): $26

Notes: The wool/mohair blend is in the $10 category right now because I got an incredible deal from a supplier; it may get more expensive later. No 'blend' fiber can be done as a gradient color; the technique just doesn't work with the carder I use to blend the fibers.

KNITTING

The price of knitted items is in addition to the base cost of the yarn; I can make things from my handspun, or I can buy yarn to match your specs. If you want commercial yarn, your color choices might be somewhat limited, and it might end up being more expensive than the handspun. In general, cotton is cheap, wool is middling, silk is pricey.

Hat: 1 skein + $10
Scarf: 2 skeins + $20
Extra long scarf: 3 skeins + $30
Cowl: 2 skeins + $20
Arm warmers: 1 skein + $10
Mittens: 1 skein + $10
Gloves: 1 skein + $20
Socks: 2 skeins + $20

Notes: I have to charge for each skein I need to buy or make, so a multicolored pattern might be more expensive. Fair Isle, intarsia, cables, and complex pattern stitches are more work, so I'd have to charge more. With handspun or especially nice commercial yarns, I suggest we keep it simple so the yarn can strut its stuff.

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Because handcrafting takes time, I'm only opening four commission slots at a go. Note me if you want one! (Or just if you have questions; I'll only put you in a slot once you're sure you want to commission something, so don't fear overcommitting. ^_^)

1: hat for bluemarigolds
2: gloves for the-myeerah
3: yarn for Alet sent!
4: arm warmers for bluecanariel sent!
5. arm warmers for Wijiic sent!
6. hat for Sychaeus

(Heh, got three requests at the same time for that last slot, so I opened up a couple extras this time. They're all relatively fast projects, so I don't think it'll be a problem.)
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
Jesse, just got my hat in the mail today. Thank you! It's so much better than what I imagined. In fact, I'm almost hoping for a return of cold weather so that I could put it to use. Given that I'm in New England, I'll probably get my wish. =)

Thanks again. It's absolutely lovely. <3
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2009
Yay! I'm glad you like it! ^___^
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AutumnEstuary Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2009
Ooh shiny. :D
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Sychaeus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Student
Hey Jesse, did you get my paypal transfer?
It was a while ago and i dont know how that thing works =P
ta.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Yep! :)
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Sychaeus Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Student
Awesome
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
Jesse, did you ever receive my check yet?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009
You signed your note 'Cat', right? If so, yes, and I handed it to my beloved spousecreature to deposit, since he was going to the bank; that was some days ago. Have the funds not been taken out of your account or something?
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2009
Yep, that was me. No, the funds hadn't come out when I looked at my statement. However, the statement was dated the 20th. Just glad you received the money. =)
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toshirodragon Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I may want some yarn, especially if you still have mohair at a phenom price when you get to me... no hurry though I'm kool to wait...
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
I reckon I will, since no one in this batch of commissions ordered mohair. ^_^
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toshirodragon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic.. I forget to check this thing so I can be found on either livejournal using the same name or email dragonwriterATcomcastDOTnet
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Wijiic Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
If there's still a slot available, could I request a pair of arm warmers in your softest yarn (is that the merino?) My hands tend to get really dry in the winter, so I'd love a yarn that firstly, won't itch and secondly, isn't too inclined to snag on dry skin.

I really like blues, purples and greens. Your 'bracers of elemental water' is a great example of a color combo that I think is lovely.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I opened up a couple extra slots since I got three requests for the last one all at the same time. :D So yes, you can certainly have arm warmers!

The merino is tremendously soft, and if I spin a plied yarn (rather than the single I used for the 'bracers of elemental water';), it won't be as snag-prone. I think I'll want to use the superwash rather than the natural, because that adds a bit of smoothness that'll also help it not snag.

So that'd be $12 for yarn, plus $10 for labor, plus $3 for shipping, for a total of $25. Please to paypal it to jesse-paypal@studiowhippingboy.com, and where it lets you write me a note, mention who you are and what the project is. I've got another very similar project, and I don't want you guys' orders getting mixed up. :)

Thankee, looking forward to working on it!
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Wijiic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Sounds wonderful, thank you! Could I also have thumb holes in my arm warmers a la the bracers? Then my palms get spared being pressed against the cold cold car wheel when I drive.
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Wijiic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
P.S. Do you need any measurements?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
The arm warmers are a 'one size fits most' kinda thing, so unless you're particularly slim or especially buff, you don't really need to give me measurements. You can if you like, though; just give me the circumference of your forearm about halfway up, and I'll make sure it fits snugly but not too tight. :)
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Wijiic Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I'm on the scrawny side, so I'll toss you a measurement just to be safe. If it falls under the umbrella of 'one size fits most', I'll know for next time. :)

The circumference of my forearm about halfway up is 6.5".
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Yep, that's a bit smaller than I usually make it, so it's good to know.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Yep, I always put thumb holes in my arm warmers unless someone requests otherwise. They're just so handy! :)
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ladyorient Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Do you spin with a wheel or a drop spindle?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
A wheel, almost always. I have a couple of drop spindles, but I hardly ever use them.
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Alet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Oh, I've never knit with handspun yarn before . . . I definitely want to buy some, but I'm not sure if I want lace or sock-weight. Would it be possible to get a two-ply laceweight?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Your yarn is on its way! Because it's plied and merino is fluffy, it's on the thick side of laceweight, just a bit thinner than sockweight. I sent it yesterday, so you should get it mid-week. There's a pic of it in the gallery. Hope you like it!
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Alet Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
Hurrah! It'll show up just as I finish my finals then -- can't think of a better present. :)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Sweet, perfect timing. ^_^
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I went ahead and reserved you a slot since you said 'definitely'. :)
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Alet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
:)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Absolutely! Wanna claim one of those slots, then? We can work out details here or in notes, whatever you prefer.
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Alet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Yes! And I'd definitely like 100g of lace weight, in a deep blue/purple mix. I'm not too picky about the method of varigation -- whatever you think looks coolest, I guess? I get leery of interfering in others' creative visions like that, let me know if you want more specific requests.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
Sounds lovely! I just need to know what fiber you'd like. Wool can lose its softness when spun that fine, so I suggest merino or merino/silk as the yummiest option.
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Alet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009
I think a 100% merino would be absolutely wonderful. :)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
Righto, so two skeins at $12 each, plus $3 shipping, comes to $27. You can Paypal it to jesse-paypal@studiowhippingboy.com, with a little note reminding me who you are and what the project is, and I'll get started on it pronto!

Thankee much!
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Ok, I'm all set!

Could you possibly use self-striping merino wool? As far as colors go, could it have some blue in it somewhere?

So, that would be $25 ($22 for the hat + $3 for shipping in N. America), right?

As soon as I know I've got the correct figure, I'll send a check your way. =)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Yep, self-striping merino is go! Do you want to get more specific on the colors, or shall I do a medley of blue tones?

Correct, $25 is your total. I can get started dyeing and spinning while I wait for the check to show; I trust you. :)
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Could you do a mixture of blues with some black thrown in as well?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
You betcha!
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bluemarigolds Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Beautiful! Thank you. <3

Check's in the mail. Dropped it off at the main post office, so hopefully it'll arrive by Saturday. =)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
Right on, I'll keep an eye out for it!
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Lacking anyone around me who does fine sewing (just basic, not the level of detail I'd need in well-fitted gloves), I'd definitely be interested in a pair, probably laceweight, provided that it's soft. I confess that I don't know what sock yarn is, exactly, though. I may wear socks, but they're all different, so I have no idea what the standard might be. What would the equivalent be in wire gauge size, do you think?

Please keep in mind that textiles aren't my thing, and forgive my ignorance. :)

What specific measurements do you need?

As for color...I'm open to suggestions. I'd want something fairly neutral, and my wardrobe tends toward black, brown, dark green, and variations on the theme of red—from rust to burgundy. In other words, mostly earth tones.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Oh, I should add -- it would be helpful to have a photo of your hand, just so I can see how the proportions work. That's not necessary, though, just handy.
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Cinnamon and deep green sounds beautiful, like autumn leaves and pine trees. I do love variegated tones. :) If you have to go for storebought yarn, I'd probably go for something in the camel department.

I'm looking for something durable, comfy-soft, and washable. I'll go with your educated opinion on the best fibers for the job. For cuff length, I'd say maybe 2" at the most. Long enough to cover some wrist, but not so much as to start bugging my arms. (I know, I'm terribly picky.)

I'll get measurements ASAP and get them to you. Let me know the total when you decide on the best yarn, and which address to PayPal you at.
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Durable, soft, and washable, your best bet is superwash merino/nylon blend. I can get a nice variegated/heathered look with that, too, since I'll be carding the blend.

So if you'd like to go with that, your yarn cost is $12, plus $20 for labor, plus $3 for shipping, for a total of $35. The address for PayPal-ness is: jesse-paypal@studiowhippingboy.com

In the thingie where it lets you write me a note, please mention who you are and what the project is, so I don't get confused. :)

Thankee! I'm looking forward to working on it!
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
I'll be moving in April so, no rush, but if you don't think my order will be ready in the next couple of weeks, could you let me know so I can give you the new shipping address?

Danke shoen. :)
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
As it turns out, the traditional method of making gloves from the cuff up causes bunching between the fingers, so I decided to start over and try a technique that involves making the fingers first. Er, which is to say... do-overs cause slow, better send me that address just in case. ^_^'
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
Sent to your paypal address.

Take your time and take care of yourself, you sick, sick man. ;)
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009
D'oh, definitely missed one.

Wrist circumference: 6 1/4"

Do you check your PayPal address with regularity, or is there another one to which I should send a photo of my hand?
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StarTyrian Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
The paypal one would be fine, or you could post it in your DA scraps, that'd work too.
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the-myeerah Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
Ugh, finally found my camera/time to upload and send a file. The picture should be in your inbox. :)
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