As you know, most of my knitting is for myself. I'd like to think that I'm not selfish in general, but I am with my knitting. I guess I want to know that the final product will fit, will be useful, and will be appreciated. And if I make it for myself, then I know that it will be! I do get urges, though, to make gifts. A couple of Christmases ago, I did some marathon knitting and made something for just about everyone in my extended family. It was very gratifying, but I decided not to bunch it up like that again. So this year, I am trying to make things as gifts throughout the year, aiming for birthdays.
Henrietta went to my Grandmother, who really loved it! For my mom, I made a Flutter Scarf that I think is a nice accent to all the black & white in her wardrobe.
For more info on this FO, see Ravelry or the gallery.
I've got another gift on the needles. I am working on a cardigan for my husband, a la Jared Flood's Big Blue.
This will only be the second thing I've ever made for him. The first was a simple k3p3 ribbed scarf.
I think this was made from Reynold's Odyssey, but I'm not sure because it was one of my first projects and that was before I knew to keep track of such things. He likes it. He just doesn't wear it. We live in the South and he is just one of those people who never feel really cold. It doesn't occur to him to use a scarf (the only time he ever really wore scarves was when he lived in England). But the man does wear light jackets, so maybe the new sweater will get some use!
I have some other ideas going too but haven't cast on yet. I have 2 dress designs for my 3-year-old swirling around in my head, and an illusion scarf idea for the 9-year-old as well. And when I saw this hobby horse, I just knew I have to make it eventually.