My school's holiday party (the adult version) is this Thursday and we're supposed to bring a gift for a white elephant type exchange. My issue with this type of gift exchange is that some people find awesome gifts (and sometimes go over the limit to do so) that everyone wants, and some people buy crap that no one wants. Now, lest I offend anyone, I love a good gift exchange but I absolutely will not spend money on something that could potentially be thrown away the following day. Also, when I give a gift, I actually want the recipient to enjoy said gift. Shocking, I know. Anyway, I was talking with another teacher in my school about this and she mentioned that last year there were some really coveted gifts like various Christmas decorations and such. I lamented that I wouldn't know what to buy (and really don't want to go shopping) so maybe I should just make something. Now, the debut of my little fox was a big hit with the teachers in my building so just mentioning that I should make something turned into cries of "A fox?!"
I don't want to make a fox for this exchange since there's the distinct possibility of someone who isn't really into wearing fake knitted animals receiving it like, say, Mr. Principal. So I brainstormed and decided a hat in the school colors might be fun. And because I can't leave well enough alone (poke, poke, hey Well Enough! You home?), I decided to knit it Fair Isle, with snow flakes. Oh yeah, and go ahead and design the chart as well. Because when I show up, I show up.
It still needs to be blocked, although I'm a bit worried about colors running. And I also need to decide on a topper. Tassel? Pom-pom? Nothing? Let me know what you think.
I'm hoping this will be well received, especially since the following day is "Hat and Scarf Day". Which leads me to my next confession. As if I didn't have enough to do this week, I've decided to knit this hat for myself. The little antlers are already felted and drying.
Will I keep my sanity this week? Stay tuned.