Yes I did end up making my own armor and weapons. I have only made complete sets of Dwarven, Orcish and Ebony armour so far. This is so I can enchant them how I want them to be enchanted with having a complete armour kit of the same type. Although some times my enchantments are not as good as what I can find within another armour type but I am getting there with enchantments. I also make the armour for any NPC I use as a travel companion along with weapons. Only thing about enchanted weapons with a travel companion is they do not recharge them, even if you have placed soul gems in their inventory and they are able to capture souls themselves.