Running a store that sells toys in the holiday season has its ups and downs. It's been pretty consistently busy for a while, then all of the sudden, one day, nothing. Then a few little things, that absolutely have to be send out the very next morning, then nothing, then a few more. I never really know quite what to expect.
So, when it's not busy, I keep busy anyway, and at the last possible second I decided to knit my immediate family (those that don't reside in Florida) hats for Christmas. It's practical, I enjoy it, inexpensive, and semi-non-commercial. I did have to buy the yarn after all.
I tried to pick colors I thought the recipient would like, but tried to keep the patterns easy enough for me to do in an unreasonably short amount of time. No fair isle mittens, stockings, giant sweaters, afghans or car covers this year, and for the family members in Florida, sorry, you'll have to wait until I get more inventive.
Since no family members read the blog, except for SJ, who got his hat a couple days early since it's been so cold, I can safely post this without ruining any surprises!
Clockwise from blue: Sister, Mother-in-law, Mother, Sister's boyfriend, Step Father, Sister-in-law. Grandmother's hat isn't started yet, I swear, I have plenty of time!