is when someone wants you to knit something for them out of the blue. Someone that normally wouldn't really give a wit about your knitting.
But, because I cannot say no, when it comes to my craft (well, I did say no to the guy at work who wanted me to knit his first grandson a Nemo blanket), I took on a couple of projects for co-workers in the spirit of the season. They were not, I repeat not, time and materials knitting but strictly materials knitting, but rather in promotion of my craft.
The first is a Jayne Hat from Firefly. I have absolutely no idea who Jayne is and I have heard about Firefly, but that is all I can tell you about it. I searched the internet for possibilities and came back with a couple of options and then headed down to one of my local yarn shops, Fiber Universe on my lunch hour and picked up the yarn. Funny, as soon as I started picking up the colors, Erin, one of the owners knew exactly what I was knitting. It would seem someone else had been in the day before getting yarn for one. I sure hope it wash''t for the same person!
I found a decent pattern on Ravelry that lead me to Jayne's Hat. I'm pretty pleased with the turnout, but I sure do dislike pompons! Always have.
The second project was hat for this bare headed snowman. Another sentimental piece, one of my co-workers has a set of these that someone knit for her and this one was missing a hat (we suspect the dog took off with it).
I had yarn on hand for it and it was a quick knit up, but then again, there was one of those dang pompons, even smaller than the one for the hat.
The Snowman was delivered today and the reaction was well worth the knitting of the little hat. She was so proud of it, makes it all worthwhile.
The Jayne Hat goes tomorrow, and now, both are done and and I can return to my regularly scheduled knitting! Yea.