Gosh, you guys are really rockin'! :happydance:
Christmas here is pretty tame since we have a large family party on Thanksgiving (20-22 folks) and just casually get together around Christmas. With so many in the family, we all just give to the kids as a rule.
But I like to have something special for the gals at Thanksgiving. Last year everybody got knitted scarves. This year I found a great pattern for spiral socks and they look wonderful. So I'll be making up about 8 pairs for the ladies and one for the tiny feet of my 7 year old grand-daughter. The guys are just happy with tons of turkey, ham, shrimp and football! :teehee:
And they've pretty much gotten their gift earlier in the year. I made each of my 3 stepsons their own afghan and will be delivering the last one in a few days.
My godmother is having a new kitchen put in (she's waited 33 years and is WAY overdue for it!) so I'll be making her a bunch of dishcloths in her new kitchen colors!
Last year I made up a bunch of garter stitch neck scarves, not just for family and friends, but for the elderly in the community and distributed them through the local beauty shop. They knew who could really make use of them. I did them in Homespun, on #19 needles, casting on 12 stitches and working with two threads, one from the center pull and one from the outside. I just knit until the skein ran out and they were the perfect size. I wrapped them in clear cellophane wrap (so the recipients could choose a color they liked) and found some pretty wired ribbon to make nice bows. I've already started for this year and have three done so far.
This is a great thread, I love seeing what everyone's doing!