I started the Holiday Knitting Wish List today - not a list of what I want to receive, but a list of what I'd like to knit and give, given unlimited knitting time and budget. At least it's a starting place. During the process, I came up with some more questions for the collective brain:
1. Is it bad to give the same type of pattern to a recipient more than once? i.e. Do I have to remember who got scarves two years ago to make sure they don't get (different types of) scarves again?
2. Anyone know a resource for mittens for kids of different ages? A few of my recipients are 3-ish, and baby would be too small but regular "kid" would be too big, I'd think.
3. Dog people: tips on dog blankets? My hard-to-knit-for brother has mentioned that his dog might like a handknit blanket. Suggestions on fibers? (I was thinking maybe something like the thicker Woolease?) Size? Mickey's a golden retriever.
4. Bookmark pattern suggestions? I'm looking at Waves from the Top so far.
5. I realized that a lot of my angst over starting multiple gifts at a time was because I have on occasion bought lots of yarn for gifts that never got finished. So I think that my policy this year will be that I can buy yarn for a new gift each time I finish a gift. (I already have yarn for at least three of the things I'm planning.) The exception to this will be dishcloth cotton, because I'm planning a whole bunch of dishcloths and want to start knitting one a week, or something.
6. Is thinking about this so much so early insane, or just practical?