Nice tip Rorshach! I'm going to put this on my "to buy" list (which means most of the things inside will end up on my "to knit" list).
The afghan sounds like a good idea MrsB! Maybe you could make matching pillow covers too, for some months... like do an afghan swatch AND a pillow swatch, but in a different color (say red green white for December, or orange, black, brown for October)... and you'd have one-of-a-kind holiday-esque/seasonal decorator pillows.
Heather, that is a LONG LIST! I wish I had that much energy; I'd put it into my KNITTING