Back when we had a studio I used to spend all summer and fall getting ready for Holiday Open Studios. I would knit and knit and knit so that I would have a fully stocked selection of gifts to display for the first two weekends in December. When we closed the studio this summer I decided to give myself 6 months off. No knitting for selling, just for me. I have really stuck with this. I did do a couple of test knits, but they were patterns that I like and got to keep the end result for myself.
As we started heading into the holiday season this year I realized that for the past 4 years I had been so focused on knitting for the studio that I did not have the time to make handmade gifts for anyone in years! I did not want to go crazy since it was already the end of November when I decided to do some gift knitting, but I did have a few ideas in mind
First, was a hat for my brother. I have not knit anything for him in a very long time, and he saw Bill's Christopher Hat this fall and his response was "where's mine?" I asked what colors he would want, and he said black and camo. I did knit him a camo hat out of some Red Heart Super Saver back when I was first re-learning to knit (probably about 14ish years ago). He did wear that hat a lot, even with it being out of terrible yarn, so I think he is deserving of a new hat. I had a REALLY hard time finding camo yarn though. I feel like a terrible girlfriend, but I actually ended up stealing yarn that Bill had started knitting himself a hat out of. He had fallen out of love with the yarn (he didn't realize it was going to look camo knitted up when he bought it, he just liked the colors) and he also had not knit on the hat at all in the past year or so. Still, I felt terrible! Thankfully, there is still probably enough left for him to finish his hat if he decides he wants too (or maybe I'll just finish it up for him as a thank you for lending me the yarn!).