Thanks to the internet, I've been teaching myself how to knit. I'm totally addicted now! I'm not particularly fast & prone to leave dropped stitches when they happen, but I'm having fun. Mostly I've been making wash clothes.
I'll make some scarves as soon as I can get my hands on some really good yarn. Most of what is available around here is from chain stores. Great for practicing with, but nothing really special.
As I said, I'm pretty slow so I'm not sure many hand-knit items will be going out as Christmas gifts. THIS year.