How did this happen? I come from a family that was not particularly into watching sports on television. In fact, I only remember watching sporting events when the Olympics were on television.
Now all of my time seems to be filled with figuring out which teams are in the football playoffs, which baseball or basketball teams might be popular, and what colors the flags are in golf.
Why am I doing all of this? Because I have been making beverage cozies with sports themes. A while back I was trying to think of things to give to men as gifts and realized that other people probably have the same issue. I started with a beverage cozy for football for a teacher, then added a few to my Etsy shop. From that, I have had people ask me to make golf and hockey cozies, which have been a fun challenge. I also recently made a baseball cozy and a basketball pencil holder. In addition, with some input from a customer, I added stripes to my football cozies.
I am having fun creating these items, partly because they are not extremely complicated. They do require some thought to make them look the way I would like them, but not so much that it takes a week to create a new item like the puppets I had been doing. Hopefully I will be adding patterns for these cozies soon; I have already added a simple football cozy to my Etsy shop.
Some time I may figure out a soccer cozy, but I am not sure how that one could work at this point.
Another reason for my interest in gifts for men is that I may soon have to stop making gifts for children due to the CPSIA, which would require me to test all of my items for children under twelve for lead, even though yarn and polyfill stuffing does not have lead in it. The cost for what is acceptable testing according to this act of Congress would cause the items I sell to be out of the price range of all but the richest of parents. If there are not changes to this act of Congress, I will have to stop selling my letter pillows, which I really enjoy making for others.