Joelle Hoverson's book (owner of Purl Soho) Last Minute Knitted Gifts really lit a fire under me to put some effort into learning how to knit.
So...I took some lessons, and classes, and as a quilter that is terrified of knitting, very timidly started this Chevron Scarf from her book.
I'm using red and green Koigu yarn, and these are as pretty as any yarn I've ever seen.
Unclear if I will ever finish this, even though finishing by next winter would be a stretch goal for me. It seems that many others coming before me have actually finished one of these - wow, some cool inspiration here - Chevron Scarf flickr group
I got my poor friend Sharon to make one too, because I'm too scared to make one alone. Thanks for the knitted moral support, my dear.
And if you don't have the energy to start one yourself, and are looking to somehow occupy your time, I would recommend this URL: Paper Throw - beware, addictive!