Most of the projects I have in mind won't take too long - bulky wool socks for both Dad and step-father, hat and mittens for Mom (the Yvette Entrelac Beret and Mittens kit from Knit Picks in Earth), still unsure about my step-mother, although I'm leaning toward some heavy socks for her, as well. She and Dad have a farm, need to be out tending the animals, so warm feet would be welcome. A few other things - a scarf, mittens, pair of socks - for friends will round out the list. I also need to make a hat, mittens, and scarf for myself, not wanting to freeze this winter, and have three Christmas stockings to knit that I will be paid for.
Ordinarily, I probably wouldn't start until after Labor Day, at least, but joy of all joys, I have been informed that I am to report for Grand Jury Duty in October. That will likely cut into my knitting time, not to mention my writing time for NaNoWriMo (and if I get squeezed out on that, I'll be heartily ticked, but that's a rant for another community at another time). So, have any of you started with the holiday gifts? Or, if they aren't already on needles, have them planned out? What are you going to be making? And, if you're still enjoying these last days of August summer, my apologies for bringing thoughts of winter and the close of they year down on you. ;)