I taught myself to knit when my last dog died – way back in 2007. The first things I knitted were a scarf and a hat for my husband, and he still wears them. He still wears them even thought they were made of nasty Spotlight wool, were made by someone teaching herself from a book, and are showing the wear of years! And he proudly tells people I knitted them for him.
So for Christmas I gave him a bunch of wool and a choice of patterns. I’ve finished a new hat and cowl for him – all but for weaving in the ends of the different colours. (Of course it’s a colourwork project! Everything since my colourwork class has been!)