Holiday Gift Knitting! Have you started it yet? Or do you resist the siren's song to share knitted love with your family and friends?
I usually give some hand-knit gifts each year. On Christmas day a few years ago, I felt like Mrs. Weasley (from Harry Potter, Ron's mom, who knit sweaters for all of her kids!). I didn't give sweaters, (but then I didn't have magic knitting needles like Mrs. Weasley), I gave everyone worsted weight socks. Actually, I didn't give my oldest son a pair, because I was sure he wouldn't be interested in them at all. He was in his early 20's and way too cool for that, I thought. However, when he noticed he was left out of the flurry of handknit socks, and he said he was disappointed that he didn't get some too! You can be sure he got a pair in January, and he won't be left out again.
I used my "Winter Socks" pattern for these gifts. I noticed that everyone seems to wear them around the house when we dial down the thermostat, to keep their toes warm. Usually by the next Christmas, a few pairs need to be replaced. I consider that a good thing, since it means they got lots of wear over the year.