Sometimes, after I've finished something and see that it's good, I'll gift it. But I don't take custom orders- that would stress me out. It's hard to get the fit right for someone who isn't right there with you. Also, I rarely meet anyone who would care to wear custom knits. Many women I know don't even wear a sweater once a year (seriously It's April and already in the seventies and eighties here.) Occasionally, a stranger will see me knitting in a lobby and ask if I'll make them a blanket (?). I consider telling them the story of my daughter's Darcy Cardigan, from a few years ago, that is still waiting for her to sew 3 buttons on and wear. I could also explain the cartoonish "fail" music I hear in my head everytime I see it neatly folded in her closet, but just politely decline and enjoy talking with them about crafts our grandparents made instead.
(And you only thought those were boot cuffs.)
Honestly, I do a lot of things for others in my family and community, so I don't have a bad conscience about selfish knitting. That, along with running or walking each day, is my quiet time and valuable for keeping me revived in the other areas in which I serve. So when I knit, I makes what I likes for me.
Did I mention that when I decided to knit Lady Bat for the Spring Tops, Tanks, and Tees Knitalong, my daughter requested one. Her yarn is being shipped as I type. See, not so selfish after all.
Now, about the shorts: I love the way they are knitting up. They look super tiny, but have a lot of stretch and seem to fit thus far. Of course, I haven't knitted the hip area yet, but I do have enough of this yarn to frog and knit a size large if I have too. For now, I will just trust the pattern.
There is more in the knitted shorts vein on my Ravelry and Flickr.