"Look at the cupcakes! They're soooo cuuuuuute!" I heard that a lot. A lot. Especially from teen and tween girls, but also from many women. These little sweets were easily the most popular item on my table as far as eye candy ... but I did not sell a single one. They were priced too high. Though I considered it several times, I never did bring myself to go lower. Maybe my subconscious wanted me to keep them to give as gifts myself? Or maybe there just wasn't a market for pincushions, but I felt I had to label them that way because I didn't want anyone to buy one for a baby, for safety reasons.(The heart pins can be removed, but even though I'd then have no problem letting my own toddler play with them, I can't guarantee the permanence of the eyes.) So I packed them all up at the end of the day and they are waiting in my stash for Christmas to roll around.
When looking for ideas for items to make for my sale, I made a concerted effort to find patterns that explicitly said it was ok with the author if the items were made for sale. So if you would like to make your own cupcakes, check out this free pattern. Ana Paula states very clearly in the version of the pattern on her etsy page that you may make and sell as many as you like. (Thank you, Ana Paula!) I used some new baby socks to make pouches of poly beans to put in the bottom to give them a little weight.
Now, you see that bit of orange there, with the green? That's one of two pumpkin hats I had on the table. That hat was made from the standard knit-in-the-round-on-16"-circulars pattern that is ubiquitous and so, as far as I can tell, not under any copyright. I didn't follow any specific pattern, just cast on a number of stitches divisible by 8 and knit around until I felt it was time to decrease. The brim rolls itself with stockinette stitch, and I used chunky yarn on size 10.5 needles. I invented the leaf pattern myself by playing with some green yarn and a crochet hook, and the tendril is just a chain that has two double-crochet in each stitch on the way back to make it spiral. Now, I said it was one of two hats. One hat was a 6-12m size, and the other was simply made with the remainder of the skein so I tagged it as a doll hat or newborn size. The larger hat sold to a woman who had a grandchild on the way and thought it would be perfect for next year. She'd looked at it once and walked on, but she came back awhile later to buy it.
Cupcakes in progress:
Also made a few bracelets by crocheting fun fur around those thin rubber bracelets that come six for a dollar: