You have got to be exceedingly careful when knitting something cool. It is only a matter of time before everybody wants one. That's exactly what happened with the viking hat. I tend to be very strong on my stance of "I can't knit one for everybody" and "I'll gladly teach you how to knit one yourself." But... I relented to the entreaties of one coworker due to health and safety concerns. They're Swedish and planning to go home for Christmas. The child (3 to 4 years old) resists hats at all costs except for a plastic souvenir viking helmet a relative mailed him for kicks. This isn't usually a problem in Texas, but it will be a bit nippy in Sweden in December. This hat is medically necessary. It is being modeled by my pet sheep Lord Bitey of Cornwall.
On another note, I didn't have to buy back my handcrafted items from the United Way auction this year. The yarn went for 21$ and the baby blanket for 42$. I was pleased.