Okay knitting friends . . . .I hate to bring it up . . . but someone has to remind you. If you are going to knit a gift for the holidays you should start now. Don't be giving the sweater with the second sleeve still on the needles again this year. Let's not fall victim to that "a scarf will work up quick" mentality either. Spend a little bit of time on it each day and then you'll save yourself all that stress later.
And since we're talking about gifts. . . remember, knit what the recipient wants . . . not what you want to knit. So if you hate pink but the mittens are for a 5 year-old girl, well I think you better buy pink (or purple!) yarn. The guys on your list probably want navy blue, maroon or yes, even black. They could usually care less about all those intricate cables you want to do and will be happy with a plain stockinette crew neck. Save the pastel hand-painted merino for yourself.
Go on, pick out the pattern and get going.
Until next time, keep your nose in a book or your fingers in fiber.